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Iron Mountain

Man gets jail for high-speed chase

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain man will spend a year in jail for leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase Feb. 18 that began in Kingsford and ended in Wisconsin.

Julian Lara, 21, got credit Monday for 217 days served for fleeing and eluding, third degree, a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

As a two-time habitual offender, Lara could have received 1 1/2 times the maximum penalty at his sentencing Monday in Dickinson County Circuit Court.

Defense attorney Dan Jaspen asked Dickinson County Circuit Judge Christopher Ninomiya sentence Lara to the county jail as recommended in the pre-sentence investigation report.

“I think (Lara) realizes — and if he doesn’t, he should — that this is his last chance to stay local,” Jaspen said.

Jaspen also asked Lara receive credit for substance abuse treatment.

Dickinson County Prosecuting Attorney Lisa Richards called Lara’s actions reckless but also suggested Lara receive a jail sentence and have the opportunity “to work on his substance abuse issues and demonstrate that he can be a productive member of society.”

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