Not guilty: Coldsprings man beats assault, weapons charges

KALKASKA – A Coldsprings Township resident is free to live life as he wishes again, after being acquitted last week of felony assault and weapons charges in a 46th Circuit Court jury trial.

Brian Lee Houtman, 46, of Coldsprings Township was arrested by Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Department officials on May 29.

According to the original sheriff’s department reports, officers were dispatched to the Houtman residence after a 911 call. Houtman allegedly had been witnessed assaulting his wife and throwing her to the ground.

The 14-year-old youth who made the call also advised officials that his father acquired several guns and fired multiple rounds outside the Coldsprings Township residence. He said that his father had been drinking and had locked himself in their pole barn with the guns.

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