Man faces jail for throwing box cutter at wife.

May 8, 2019
Joel Patterson with his attorney, Al Swanson, Jr.

Man faces jail for throwing box cutter at wife.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

SCOTTVILLE – A 32-year-old Custer man faces serving seven months up front of a one-year discretionary jail term after pleading guilty in 51st Circuit Court Tuesday, May 7, to a high-court misdemeanor of attempted felonious assault, a misdemeanor of second-offense domestic violence and third-offense habitual offender.

Joel Patterson, of 346 S. Madison, admitted in court that he threw a box cutter at his wife, which narrowly missed hitting her head and struck the wall behind her last February.

“I was drinking,” Patterson said. “We were arguing a lot – we’re getting divorce, and one thing led to another.”

Patterson was initially facing charges of felonious assault, domestic violence and fourth-offense habitual offender.

Judge Susan K. Sniegowski said he has previous convictions of breaking and entering and second-degree home invasion.

Patterson’s sentence will also include probation, said Mason County Prosecutor Paul Spaniola

Sentencing is set for June 25 at 3:15 p.m.

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