51-year-old Lorne Lyons of Brimley, a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community, was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for the assault. Lyons was also ordered to two years of supervised release after his prison time and to pay a $100 special assessment.
After a two-day jury trial last December, Lyons was convicted of assault upon a federal officer with a dangerous weapon. The charge arose from an incident in May of 2012, during which Lyons sent text messages to his estranged wife claiming he had committed a suicidal act.
Bay Mills Tribal Police responded to the emergency call, and with the assistance of U.S. Border Protection agents, searched Lyons’ residence trying to locate him. Lyons, who was hiding in a closet, refused to come out when asked by the officers.
Police say Lyons produced a short sword, thrusting it at the Tribal Police officer, waving it around, and throwing it at the officer after he was tasered.
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