December 9, 2016

Pinconning man alleged to have committed assault with firearm appearing in court May 6

By Tim Barnum
News Editor | news@ogemawherald.com
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WEST BRANCH — A Pinconning man, who police allege assaulted his girlfriend while illegally possessing a firearm, will appear in 34th Circuit Court May 6. A pretrial was held in circuit court March 9.

Timothy Barber, 51, of Pinconning, is being charged with one count of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of firearm possession by a felon and one count of felony firearms, according to circuit court.

Court information said the charges stem from a Dec. 18 incident, in which Barber allegedly assaulted a woman in Ogemaw County with a 9-millimeter handgun. According to reports, prior to the incident, Barber had been charged with operating while intoxicated for a third offense, which is a felony. Because of this conviction, it was unlawful for Barber to possess a handgun.

Ogemaw County Prosecutor LaDonna Schultz said the Deb. 18 incident took place in Goodar Township, and that the victim’s son was present when it occurred.

The incident was investigated by the Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Department, information from the court showed.

Barber was bound over to circuit court Jan. 6 after waiving arraignment in district court. Thus far, no plea bargain has been reached. The final day Barber can enter into a plea agreement is June 8. Bay City attorney Robert Dunn is representing him.

Schultz said a jury trial is currently scheduled for June 22.

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