Walkerville man sentenced for wielding knife.

October 29, 2018

Christopher Merriman with attorney Julie Springstead Waltz.

Walkerville man sentenced for wielding knife.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — A 39-year-old Walkerville man was sentenced to 117 days in jail with credit for 117 days served, followed by 90 days on a tether, Monday, Oct. 29, in 27th Circuit Court for a conviction of felonious assault.

Christopher Lee Merriman, of 4427 N. 176th Ave., pleaded guilty last month.

Merriman was arrested by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office for two counts of felonious assault following a June 11 incident in Leavitt Township.

Merriman wielded a utility knife at a female victim, according to his testimony.

The sentence was “greatly discussed with the victim,” said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon, and she agrees that the sentencing is appropriate.

Part of Merriman’s probation is a condition that he continues counseling with Community Mental Health. He has been receiving mental health treatment while in jail, said his attorney Julie Springstead Waltz.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 10-32 months.

The judge also ordered that he have no contact with the victim.

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