Snowbank shooter gets five months

By GARRETT NEESE

Houghton Daily

Mining Gazette

HOUGHTON — A Hancock man arrested in March after shooting at a snowbank he had driven into while intoxicated was sentenced to five months in jail in Houghton County Circuit Court Wednesday.

Jared Freeman, 37, was charged with driving while intoxicated – third offense. The charge is punishable by either one to five years in prison, or a probation sentence of 30 days to one year in jail.

Sentencing guidelines put Freeman’s recommended sentence at zero to 11 months, keeping him to jail time.

Freeman said he wanted to get back to his job, which his employer has held for him, and to his regular alcohol treatment meetings.

“To go from one day to the next, it doesn’t seem like much, but for someone like me it is,” he said. “It reminds me every week of what happened, and I can never make it go away.”

Prosecutor Brittany Bulleit said Freeman needs to continue his treatments for substance abuse and mental health problems.

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