Bray sentenced for assault on police officer

IRON MOUNTAIN – A Norway man who stabbed and injured a law enforcement officer at the Pine Mountain ski jumping competition last year has been sentenced to serve a total of 23 months in prison.

Andrew Bray, 75, will receive credit for 16 months already served in the Dickinson County Jail, so he only has seven months to complete in prison.

Pursuant to a plea deal, Bray was sentenced on one felony count of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and one felony count of carrying a concealed weapon.

The charges stem from a Feb. 10, 2013 incident in which Bray stabbed Lt. Derek Dixon of the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department in the upper back with a four-inch blade. Lt. Dixon was treated at the scene and released.

During the sentencing hearing Monday in Dickinson County Circuit Court, both the defense and the prosecution argued for what they felt would be a fair punishment.

Defense attorney Elizabeth LaCosse focused on what she termed Bray’s many positive contributions to society and his complete lack of a criminal history.

“27,375 – those are the days that Andrew Bray has been on this earth,” she said. “We’re here to deal with one day out of that life he wishes he could change, but he can’t.”

Dickinson County Prosecutor Lisa Richards asked Judge Richard Celello to consider the seriousness of the case and deviate upward from the Michigan Department of Corrections’ sentencing guidelines.

The guidelines placed Bray’s minimum sentence in the range of 10 to 23 months.