Daggett man faces up to 4 years in prison on assault charges

By Journal Staff

MENOMINEE — A 38-year-old man from Daggett was sentenced on Friday to 2 to 4 years in prison on multiple assault charges.

The subject, Nathan J. Bedgood, pleaded no contest to felonious assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting a police officer, with injury.

According to the publicly-filed documents and information presented in open court, Menominee County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to W435 County Road 358 in Daggett for an “out of control” male, later identified as Bedgood.

When deputies attempted to arrest Bedgood, he stabbed one of them with a knife.

He pleaded no contest to the charges in April after a referral to the Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry showed he was competent to understand the nature and object of the proceedings against him and rationally assist in his legal defense, after evaluation.

“Mr. Bedgood posed a significant threat to his family members who called for help and then the deputies that arrived to assist them and arrest him,” said Jeffery Rogg, Menominee County prosecuting attorney. “While it is true that people with mental disorders are represented in the criminal justice system, it is also clear that the mental state of offenders does not diminish the harm they cause.”

Rogg concluded that the Michigan Department of Corrections is “far better equipped” to meet the needs of Bedgood than the local county jail.


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