MOUNT PLEASANT — A Belding man has entered a plea to three felonies related to a stabbing incident in Mount Pleasant earlier this autumn.
Todd William Gerheiser, 22, was originally charged with 10 felonies, including two counts of assault with intent to murder, two counts of assault with great bodily harm less than murder, three counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and assault and battery.
Gerheiser pleaded no contest on Dec. 7 to three counts of assault with great bodily harm less than murder, a felony which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as a guilty plea by the court.
The seven additional felony charges were dropped in exchange for Gerheiser’s plea.
Gerheiser is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan. 18.
According to the Michigan State Police Mount Pleasant Post, troopers responded to the scene of a large fight around 1 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at Deerfield Apartments in Union Township. Upon arrival, troopers observed a wave of people running toward them.
One of the victims was observed covered in blood and he told troopers that Gerheiser had just stabbed him. The victim pointed out Gerheiser, who was also running toward the police. Troopers ordered Gerheiser to the ground and arrested him.
According to Central Michigan Life (an independent Central Michigan University news source), about 50 people reportedly were at the scene of the stabbings and several people jumped on Gerheiser and broke bottles over his head as he was wielding the knife.
The victims’ injuries were not life-threatening.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department and the Central Michigan University Police Department.