Man faces 9-year minimum for shooting at man, trying to run him over with car.

January 11, 2022


Man faces 9-year minimum for shooting at man, trying to run him over with car.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART — A 30-year-old Shelby man who shot at another man with a handgun and then attempted to run him over with his car faces a minimum term of nine years in prison after pleading “no contest” in 27th Circuit Court Tuesday, Jan. 11, to assault with intent to murder.

Phillip Dean Marsala, of 716 W. Shelby Rd., remains lodged in the Oceana County Jail on a $250,000/cash/surety/10 percent bond awaiting sentencing, which is scheduled for March 14.

Charges of assault with intent to do bodily harm less than murder and felony firearm were dismissed, according to Oceana County Prosecutor Joseph Bizon.

“Count two — assault with intent to do great bodily harm — was incompatible and dismissed as a matter of law,” explained Bizon. “You can’t be convicted of assault with intent to murder and assault to not murder at the same time.”

Marsala’s case was scheduled to go to trial, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 12. 

The incident occurred the night of June 3, 2021 shortly after 10 p.m. at the intersection of First and State streets in the Village of Shelby, previously said Shelby Police Chief Steven Waltz. It appears that a love triangle motivated the crime. 

The victim, a Shelby man who was 31 years old at the time, was struck by the car, Waltz said, but refused medical treatment and did not appear to be injured. He did not receive any gunshot wounds. 

Marsala turned himself in to authorities and was arrested, Waltz said. 

Judge Robert D. Springstead will set the maximum term, said Bizon.

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