Man sentenced after holding mother hostage


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 1:44 pm on Friday, October 28, 2011

Daniel Freshney

STANTON — A man who held his mother hostage with a crossbow as a “prisoner of war” last winter is going back to live with her.
Daniel Freshney, 44, of Vestaburg, was sentenced Thursday to 283 days already served in the Montcalm County Jail, plus five years probation.
He pleaded guilty Oct. 6 to felonious assault.
Freshney’s attorney, Monica Tissue-Daws of Stanton, said her client struggles with post-traumatic stress disorder due to his Air Force experience.
Freshney has been assigned to the 8th Judicial Circuit Court’s Mental Health Court for the term of his probation. He will be allowed to live with his mother again and must obey a curfew.
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. 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.
Freshney’s mother was able to escape the house, meet up with a friend and call 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.
The case took months to resolve due to a forensic exam to determine whether Freshney was mentally competent to face charges.

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