Man to prison for robbery, throwing bottles

Michael Calanchi (photo courtesy Ottawa County Jail - Dec. 13, 2013)
Michael Calanchi (photo courtesy Ottawa County Jail - Dec. 13, 2013)

WEST OLIVE, Mich. (WOOD) — A man who was drunk when he stole from a grocery store and then threw things at deputies will serve time in prison.

Michael Calanchi was sentenced Monday to four years and three months in prison and a year in jail. Those sentences will be served concurrently in a state prison. He also received credit for 132 days served in jail.

He was found guilty earlier this month of one count of armed robbery and two counts of resisting, obstructing or assaulting a police officer.

Calanchi was drunk when he showed up at a Holland Township Family Fare just after midnight on Dec. 13, 2013. Workers wouldn’t sell him any alcohol because he was underage and didn’t have any money. He then pulled a knife that was for sale from its package and used it to threaten workers and customers.

He put down the knife when Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies arrived, but then threw wine bottles and other items at them. They subdued him with a Taser.

Calanchi previously pleaded guilty to trying to purchase alcohol as a minor.

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