2014-07-31 / Front Page

Man to face charge for attempted murder

Arraignment held for Monday night incident


Thomas Henry Becks, Jr. Thomas Henry Becks, Jr. MANISTIQUE – A

Manistique man may face up to life in prison following an alleged attempt on a woman’s life Monday night.

Formal charges were issued Wednesday in

93rd District Court.

Thomas Henry Becks, Jr., 58, of 651 Garden Ave., was arraigned via a court monitor on one count of attempted murder, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.

As alternative sentences, Becks Jr. may be convicted of either one count of assault with the intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000; or felonious assault, maximum punishment of up to four years in prison and/or a $2,000 fine.

At approximately 11:50 p.m. Monday officers were called to 631 Michigan Ave. where the victim, 31-year-old Theresa Gorny of Manistique, had sought assistance for what police described as a “severe” throat laceration.

At approximately 2 a.m. the following morning, Becks, Jr. was apprehended from a residence at 651 Garden Ave., and placed under arrest.

Gorny was treated and released by Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital.

A preliminary examination for Becks, Jr. has been set for Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. Judge Mark Luoma ordered the defendant to be held at the Schoolcraft County Jail without bond.

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