Fremont man sent to jail for assault.

May 23, 2017

Paul Hesse with his attorney, William Weise.

Fremont man sent to jail for assault.

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By Allison Scarbrough. Editor.

HART — A 63-year-old Fremont man convicted of felonious assault was ordered to serve 30 days up front of a six-month discretionary jail term Monday, May 22, in 27th Circuit Court.

Paul Ernest Hesse, of 8593 S. Maple Island Rd., pleaded “no contest” to the felony last April.

Hesse was arrested by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office for a felony of third-degree criminal sexual conduct (CSC) – force or coercion stemming from his original arrest Nov. 25, 2016 for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.

Hesse’s attorney, William Weise, asked Judge Robert D. Springstead if his client’s jail time could be reduced from 30 days.

“We are appreciative of the resolution we have reached in the case,” Weise said.

“It was really a weird case,” the attorney said. “I don’t even believe the victim it called in as a CSC. It was all domestic.” The victim continued to reside in Hesse’s home after the incident, Weise said. However, she has since moved out.

It is Hesse’s first felony conviction, Weise said. “Being convicted of a felony will have life-long ramifications. It weighs heavily on Paul. He feels deep regret and remorse for his conduct.”

He has been employed at same place for 27 years, the attorney said.

Sentencing guidelines in the case are 0-6 months, said Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

Hesse, who received credit for two days already served in jail, must also serve one year probation. A condition of his probation requires that he does not drink alcohol. “You have a drinking problem,” said Judge Robert D. Springstead.

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