Fenwick man is headed to trial for attempted murder


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:31 am on Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Ronald Kent

STANTON — A Fenwick man has been found competent to stand trial after allegedly shooting his girlfriend in the head last spring.

Ronald Kent, 52, is charged with assault and intent to commit murder (a felony with a possible life sentence), two counts of felony firearms (each a possible two-year felony) and manufacturing more than 20 but less than 200 marijuana plants (a possible seven-year felony).

Kent was scheduled for a preliminary examination Tuesday in 64B District Court in Stanton, but he waived his exam. He will be scheduled to go to trial in 8th Judicial Circuit Court in Stanton in two to three months.

Michigan State Police troopers were dispatched at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, 2012, to the 1000 block of W. Boyer Road in Fenwick for a domestic violence call.

When troopers arrived, they found a 32-year-old women who had been shot in the head by her boyfriend.

Kent was arrested at the scene.

The woman was transported to the Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, where she was listed in critical condition. No further information was made available on her condition.

Three children were in the house at the time of the shooting, but none were physically injured.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Medical Services assisted troopers at the scene.

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