Douglass Township man pleads guilty to shooting rifle in home

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:32 am on Monday, December 26, 2011

James Doolittle

STANTON — A man pleaded guilty Thursday to shooting a rifle in his house during an argument with his girlfriend earlier this month.

James Doolittle, 42, entered a guilty plea in 8th Judicial Circuit Court to attempted discharge of a firearm in a building and possession of marijuana.

Additional charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and shooting too close to another house will be dropped in exchange for his plea.

Doolittle could face a maximum sentence of two years in prison, but due to a plea agreement with the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office he likely will receive 90 days in the Montcalm County Jail when he is sentenced at a later date.

Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to 5414 W. Briggs Road in Douglass Township the morning of Dec. 7.

Doolittle and his girlfriend were arguing when Doolittle shot a round from his rifle in the house. The discharge went through an interior wall and lodged in another wall. No one was injured.

The girlfriend went to the neighbor’s house and then returned to Doolittle’s house.

Deputies closed Briggs Road and surrounded Doolittle’s home when they arrived. They used a loudspeaker to coax the couple from the residence.

“The situation was very tense when deputies arrived,” said Undersheriff Mark Bellinger said. “It was a very serious situation that the deputies handled very well.”

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