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MARQUETTE, MI--   A man who fled the scene following an assault in Ishpeming last year has been sentenced.

David Bellmer, 39, was taken into custody nearly a month after the July 31 incident on East North Street. The victim said she was able to escape the house following the assault and call 911. Bellmer left before police arrived.

Bellmer was accused of strangling the victim. He pleaded no contest to one count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

Bellmer was sentenced to 3 to 8 years in prison with credit for 282 days already served.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A former NMU professor has entered a plea in an assault case. 

Amber Suggitt, 33, was arrested in February 2017 after a shot was fired into a wall in a Fair Street residence.  Suggitt was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, first-degree home invasion, assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, and four counts of felony firearms.

Suggitt has pleaded no contest to one count each of kidnapping, torture, and assault with intent to commit sexual penetration. A jury trial scheduled for this week has been canceled.

BESSEMER, MI--   A prison sentence has been handed down to the Ironwood Township ex-treasurer accused of embezzlement. 

Jill Olson DeRosso, 47, pleaded guilty or no contest to 10 charges, including forgery, using public money for personal use, embezzlement by a public official, and destroying public records. She was sentenced Thursday to 3 to 10 years in prison.

DeRosso had already been ordered to pay more than $1.3 million in restitution. That amount includes more than $1.2 million in missing money and $155,000 dollars in costs related to the investigation.

 

HOBART, INDIANA--   A former Iron River woman serving life in jail for the murder of Christopher Regan in 2014 has been sentenced to another 65 years for her husband’s death in Indiana. 

Kelly Cochran admitted to injecting her husband Jason with heroin, then suffocating him at their home in 2016. She said it was in retaliation for Regan’s death.

Cochran was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole in May of 2017 for Regan’s shooting and dismemberment. She led police to his remains in the woods.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Menominee County man has been sentenced for sexually abusing a child. 

Patrick Wandahsega, 40, of Wilson was charged in federal court with abusive sexual conduct involving young children and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. He was accused of molesting a 6-year-old at his home on the Hannahville Indian Reservation in 2015.

Wandahsega was found guilty of the abusive sexual conduct charge following a four-day trial last October. He was sentenced in Marquette Federal Court Tuesday to 24 years in prison.   

 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Eric Ruska has been sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping a woman and repeatedly assaulting her last July. 

The 37-year-old pleaded guilty in federal court in November to kidnapping and three counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

He reportedly asked the 28-year-old victim to go fishing with him on Chicago Lake threatened her, then took her hostage. Ruska drove around the Hiawatha National Forest for five days and assaulted the Cooks woman.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The sports doctor accused of sexually assaulting more than 150 women and girls will be confronted again this week by scores of victims.

Larry Nassar faces another prison sentence for molesting gymnasts, this time at an elite Michigan club run by an Olympic coach.

Judge Janice Cunningham set aside three days for roughly 60 people who want to confront Nassar or have their statement read in court. The event could unfold much the same as a hearing last week in another county that ended with Nassar getting sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   A seven-day hearing for a Michigan sports doctor ended with tears, hugs and applause after he was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for molestation allegations. 

Kyle Stephens grew up as a friend of Larry Nassar's family and was the first victim to testify in court last year. She was glad to attend the sentencing and called it a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch my monster be put away."

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   A judge is poised to send Larry Nassar to prison after listening to days of testimony from women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by the Michigan sports doctor.

More than 150 victims have appeared in court in Lansing, Michigan, or had their statements read by others since last week. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina will hear a few more Wednesday before sentencing Nassar. He worked at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   A former employee of the Superior Eye Health and Vision Therapy Center in Marquette has been sentenced for embezzlement. 

Jamie Tasson, 39, was initially charged with seven counts of embezzlement over $100,000, possession of a fraudulent financial transaction device, and using a computer to commit a crime. She allegedly took more than $250,000 from center owner, Dr. Heidi Johnson.

Tasson pleaded guilty in November to a reduced embezzlement charge. In return the other charges were dropped.

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