Dime, who has a felony record, was arrested by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office in January after a domestic violence issue at his home Jan. 18 and then a half-hour standoff with police in his car the next day.
When Dime finally got out of his vehicle, police found weapons in the car including brass knuckles and a muzzleloader. The day before at his home, Dime became threatening over the custody of his daughter. He threatened police officers, family members and Child Protective Service workers.
In total, Dime pleaded guilty to four felonies: making a terrorist threat, possession of a weapon by a felon, assaulting/resisting/obstructing police and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a felony. Dime’s criminal history marked him as a fourth-offense habitual offender, which meant he faced up to life in prison for the charges.
At his sentencing Monday, Dime’s attorney said his actions in January were not intended to hurt anyone around him.
“Mr. Dime was at a severe state of depression in his life and at risk of losing his daughter,” said his attorney, Abraham Gonzales. “It’s clear Mr. Dime did not have any intention to hurt other people. He was looking for a way to hurt himself. Law enforcement believed he was in pain about his daughter, but never had any intention to hurt anyone else.”
Judge Karen Miedema said Dime’s goal was to have police shoot him.
“The weapons were never meant to be used against police, but more as a means to have them harm (Dime),” Gonzales said.
Dime, who said his stepfather is a Sheriff’s Office deputy, kept his head down during the sentencing. Prior to Miedema’s order, Dime apologized to his mother, stepfather and wife.
“I was angry and I didn’t know what to do,” Dime said. “I believe my daughter was wrongfully taken from me by the court. They wouldn’t let me see her. I wasn’t really myself and I just started yelling. I said a lot of things I wouldn’t go through with and, in the end, I just ended up hurting those I care about most. I just ended up keeping myself away from my daughter even longer.”
Miedema said Dime’s threats were “extreme” and included threatening to burn down someone’s house, kill others and police officers.
Dime was sentenced to 4-15 years for the terrorism threats, 4-15 years for possession of a weapon, 2-15 years for resisting police and 3-15 years for possession of a firearm. All four sentences will be served concurrently and he was given credit for 262 days already served in the Ottawa County Jail.