Gordon sentenced in Ski Brule case
CRYSTAL FALLS—An Iron River man accused of threatening Ski Brule management, employees, and visitors in February was sentenced in Iron County Trial Court on Oct. 1.
Michael Steven Gordon, 23, was sentenced to 10 months in jail and five years of probation on an amended charge of lying to a police officer in a violent crime investigation, a four-year felony. He was given credit for 219 days served.
Gordon had pleaded no contest to the charge in a deal in which one count of threatening to commit an act of terrorism, one count of possession of a marijuana and a habitual offender notice were dismissed.
Scoring guidelines for sentencing were two to 17 months.
“It is critical to send the proper message to the community that we can’t have these kinds of outburst that can cause panic within the community,” Judge C. Joseph Schwedler said before pronouncing his sentence. “I am certainly aware that the guidelines are somewhat restrictive.”
Defense attorney Michael Scholke said Gordon understood that he made a poor decision.
“The world we live in now, even something that is said without an intent to act, or even if it wasn’t a threat, we all have to take that seriously at this point.”
Scholke and Prosecuting Attorney Melissa Powell spoke about Gordon’s mental health issues, which include anxiety and depression, and the need for those issues to be addressed.
“(Gordon) did not have a great childhood and has had issues as an adult maintaining employment and relationships and with his mental health issues,” Powell said. “And those things are very important. However, we’re asked to balance that with public safety.”