A Council Bluffs man who left the residential correctional facility and fought with police when he was found received a suspended sentence Monday after he pleaded guilty to three charges.
Michael Wickman pleaded guilty to escape from custody, assault on a law enforcement officer with a dangerous weapon and interference with official acts with a dangerous weapon, which was reduced from an additional count of assault on an officer, said Assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney Jon Jacobmeier. Another count of assault on an officer was dismissed. Previously, Wickman was to be tried on the escape charge separately, but the charges were combined.
He was given a suspended sentence of five years in prison and placed on supervised probation for one year, Jacobmeier said. The second trial is no longer needed.
Wickman, then 32, left the residential treatment facility on March 15 with permission but never came back.
“He signed out to get a job, and he didn’t return,” Jacobmeier said. “He just didn’t report back by a certain time like he was supposed to.”
On March 21, three police officers were sent to an area near Curtis Street and Avenue D on a report of a suspicious subject. On a tip, they tracked Wickman to a backyard shed near North Seventh Street and Washington Avenue.
After they kicked in the door to apprehend him, Wickman swung a piece of the door at the officers, striking one and forcing the other two back, reports stated. Officers deployed a Taser twice unsuccessfully. After a brief struggle, officers were able to subdue Wickman and take him into custody.