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      Man who shot Ferris State student pleads no contest to assault charge

      DeCory Demarco Downing, 20, pleaded no contest to two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of felony firearms.

      The man accused of shooting a Ferris State student in February has pleaded no contest to assault charges.

      DeCory Demarco Downing, 20, pleaded no contest to two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and two counts of felony firearms.

      Downing was originally facing 17 felony charges, but many were dropped as a part of the plea deal.

      A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.

      Police said Downing, who was not a student at Ferris State, shot a student at an off-campus apartment complex around 4:15 a.m. on Feb. 1 at the Venlo Place Apartments in Big Rapids.

      The student was treated at Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids and was released.

      Sentencing is scheduled for June 9. Downing is being held on a $200,000 bond.