Man pleads guilty to holding his mother hostage as ‘prisoner of war’

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:27 am on Friday, October 14, 2011

Daniel Freshney

STANTON — A man who held his mother hostage with a crossbow as a “prisoner of war” last January pleaded guilty last week.
Daniel Freshney, 44, of Vestaburg, was arrested and charged with felonious assault after his mother reported him to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post.
Freshney’s mother went to let her dogs out the night of Jan. 16 in her Richland Township residence on M-46, but was stopped by her son, according to Trooper Norma Makl. Freshney allegedly told his mother she was a prisoner of war and ordered her to her bedroom.
He then cut the electricity to the house.
“She was afraid of him,” Makl said. “She snuck out, got in her vehicle and got out of there as quick as she could.”
Freshney’s mother met up with a friend, then reported the incident to police.
The Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team was activated due to the nature of the call and the weapon involved. M-46 between Crystal and Academy roads was closed to traffic for a short time while police made the arrest.
Troopers were assisted by the Home Township Police Department.
Freshney has a military background with the Air Force, according to Makl.
“We’ve dealt with him on one previous occasion and that was for some mental health issues,” Makl said.
Freshney was arrested without incident. He appeared in 8th Judicial Circuit Court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to felonious assault — a felony with a maximum sentence of 10 years. However, he likely will be sentenced to no more than 10 months in jail when he is sentenced in four to six weeks.
The case took months to get to this point due to a forensic exam to determine whether Freshney was mentally competent to face charges.

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