COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - There was a pre-trial conference Monday in Branch County Circuit Court for the man charged with attacking a Bronson firefighter in June when a blaze broke out in Matteson Township. No trial date was set yesterday for 28-year old Aaron Van Vorst, who early last month was bound over to Circuit Court after waiving his District Court preliminary exam. Van Vorst has 30 days to consider a plea agreement which reportedly would eliminate any possible prison time but require a jail sentence and other conditions including anger management classes in exchange for a guilty plea on a felony charge.
Van Vorst was arraigned on two felony assault counts after authorities said he also attacked a Consumer Energy utility worker who responded to the scene of the blaze. He’s accused of kicking Assistant Bronson Fire Chief Kenny Stutzman in the stomach. Police said Van Vorst was enraged because he thought the response to the fire that heavily damaged the family’s two story farmhouse on Wattles Road was too slow. The accidental fire was blamed on an electrical malfunction with a living room plug outlet.
Van Vorst remains free on bond.