Man pleads guilty to felonious assault.

April 30, 2019
David Mercer, Jr.


Man pleads guilty to felonious assault.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

LUDINGTON – A 33-year-old Logan Township man faces serving eights months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term after pleading guilty in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, April 30, to felonious assault and second-offense domestic violence.

David Roberts Ray Mercer, Jr., of 5125 E. Outlook Circle, wielded a pistol at his wife and fired a shot during a drunken rage, according to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.

When deputies arrived, they found Mercer in a tent behind the residence, and he was taken into custody, Cole said.

“It was reported by the victim that her husband had come home intoxicated and an argument ensued,” he said. “During the argument, the suspect reportedly grabbed a semi-automatic pistol while making threatening statements to the victim and a shot was reportedly fired. A physical altercation then followed between the male and female where the female was able to get the gun away from the male and lock herself in a room.”

One count of felony firearm was dismissed Tuesday.

Mercer’s sentence will include probation with substance abuse and mental health evaluations, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola. He will be ordered to not purchase or possess firearms.

Sentencing is set for June 11 at 1 p.m.

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