Guilty verdict in Sturgis assault case

A Sturgis man was found guilty of felony offenses stemming from an incident last summer in Sturgis.

Prosecutor David Marvin said Brandon Forbes, 29, was found guilty by jury of one count of assault with a dangerous weapon and three counts of resisting/obstructing police after a one-day trial last week in front of St. Joseph County Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman.

Forbes was found not guilty of one count of Resisting/Obstructing Police.

Marvin said the trial is related to an incident last August, when officers from the Sturgis Police Department and St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched to a residence in Sturgis for a complaint of an assault.

An investigation revealed Forbes had used a hammer to attack a family member. During the intake process at the county jail, Forbes attempted to strike a sheriff’s deputy, resisted deputies’ efforts to restrain him and, as a result, had to be tased.

Marvin charged Forbes with one count of felonious assault, and four counts of resisting and obstructing Police.

Forbes was convicted as a three-time habitual offender. Sentencing is set for June 23, according to Marvin.

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