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Bay Mills Man Sentenced for Assault on a Federal Officer

U.S. Attorney’s Office June 05, 2013
  • Western District of Michigan (616) 456-2404

MARQUETTE, MI—Lorne Anthony Lyons, 51, of Brimley, Michigan, and a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community, was sentenced to 14 months in federal prison for assault upon a federal officer, U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr. announced today. In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge R. Allan Edgar ordered Lyons to serve two years of supervised release following his release from prison and to pay a $100 special assessment.

On December 4, 2012, after a two-day jury trial, Lyons was convicted of assault upon a federal officer with a dangerous weapon. The charge arose from an incident on May 7, 2012, during which Lyons sent text messages to his estranged wife claiming he had committed a suicidal act. Bay Mills Tribal Police responded to an emergency call and, with the assistance of U.S. Border Protection agents, searched Lyons’ residence trying to locate him. Lyons, who was hiding in a closet, refused to come out when asked by the officers and instead produced a short sword, thrusting it at the Tribal Police officer, waving it around, and throwing it at the officer after he was shot with a Taser.

The Bay Mills Indian Community Tribal Police, U.S. Border Patrol, and the FBI investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul D. Lochner prosecuted the case.

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