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Leach sentenced to four years

in Wisconsin State Prison

A 23-year-old Eagle River man will spend the next four years in Wisconsin State Prison for sexual actions involving minor girls and will be on extended supervision for 10 years after his release, following a sentencing hearing in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Joshua D. Leach pleaded guilty last February to second-degree sexual assault of a child and causing mental harm to a child.

During last Thursday’s sentencing hearing, Vilas County Assistant District Attorney David Breedlove told the court this was “clearly not a probationary case,” detailing Leach’s sexual assault of minors between the ages of 12 and 17, his sharing of nude photos, his showing no concern for the victims and “trolling our community for young adolescent women.”

Breedlove asked for a prison term of 14 years’ initial confinement, followed by 151?2 years of extended supervision.

Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III then sentenced Leach to four years of confinement on the second-degree sexual assault conviction. Leach also received four years’ confinement and five years’ extended supervision on the causing mental harm conviction, running concurrent with the previous sentence.

Conditions of Leach’s sentence include: register as a sex offender; submit a DNA sample; continue after case counseling as deemed necessary by the agent; no contact with minors; not to be in a position as a leader of minors; no contact with any victim or any victims from uncharged counts; and restitution to be determined for counseling. He will receive credit for five days served.

In other felony cases, Cory D. Renaud, 20, of Eagle River, charged with throwing or discharging bodily fluid at a public safety worker July 3 in Eagle River, entered a not- guilty plea and not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.  An evaluation was ordered and a report must be generated for the court within 45 days. A status hearing was set for Sept. 20 at 11:30 a.m.

Renaud also is charged with disorderly conduct, resisting an officer and four counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.

According to the complaint, Renaud had a dispute with his girlfriend in an apartment at 516 Wisconsin St. in Eagle River. During his arrest, Renaud allegedly  spit at and threatened a law enforcement officer.

Jason M. Tomko, 28, of Eagle River, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of exposing his genitals or pubic area. A charge of child enticement was dismissed, but will be read in at sentencing. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for Sept. 27 at 1 p.m. A motion to reduce his $10,000 cash bail was denied.

According to the complaint, Tomko picked up a minor female at Riverview Park in Eagle River and drove to the Otter Rapids dam parking lot in June of 2011 and exposed himself to the 15-year-old female.

Scott J. Borgardt, 36, of Conover, entered a plea of no contest and was found guilty to physical abuse of a child as part of a plea agreement. A second charge of physical abuse of a child was dismissed. In addition, Borgardt pleaded no contest to a charge of felony bail jumping, while a second charge of felony bail jumping was dismissed. A presentencing investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for Sept. 27 at 2:30 p.m.

According to the complaint, Borgardt intentionally caused bodily harm to a child Feb. 15, 2011, in Conover. He then consumed intoxicants March 1, 2012, in Conover, which was a stipulation of his bond.

Jeffrey P. Ruppert, 26, of Eagle River, was in court for a motion hearing. His attorney, Michael J. Rielly, said he was entitled to 145 days of jail credit for time served from Aug. 7, 2011, to his sentencing hearing Jan. 9, 2012. Judge Nielsen denied the request.

Ruppert was convicted of using misappropriate ID information to obtain money Nov. 9, 2011. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for three years. Conditions of his probation included serving one year in the Vilas County Jail with no days’ credit.

Dylan D. Paznonski, 25, of Conover, charged with delivery of amphetamine, manufacturing or delivery of Schedule V drugs, attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud and misdemeanor bail jumping, had a preliminary hearing adjourned to Sept. 4 at 9:45 a.m.

Jerome Lynn Thomas, 49, of Lac du Flambeau, who consumed alcohol, attempted to batter a law enforcement officer and discharged bodily fluid at an emergency medical services worker March 17 at Lake of the Torches Casino, was back in court for a sentencing hearing on revocation last week. He was sentenced to 141 days in jail, but received credit for 141 days.  Thomas was on probation for one year after he was convicted of two counts of theft of movable property June 20, 2011. He also must pay restitution of $315.44 to the victim.

Shasta Star Klingman, 36, of Watersmeet, Mich., charged with substantial battery following an incident in a Land O’ Lakes bar Dec. 5, 2010, had a status hearing adjourned to Aug. 13 at 9 a.m. Klingman, who had a mistrial declared May 23, told the court she can’t afford an attorney and hasn’t contacted the public defender’s office.

Susano Marquez, 46, of Lac du Flambeau, had a sentence withheld and was placed on probation for 24 months after pleading no contest to a charge of disorderly conduct. A charge of felony bail jumping was dismissed. Conditions of her probation include: undergo alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) counseling and treatment as deemed necessary, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns and 60 days in the Vilas County Jail to commence Sept. 1. Judge Nielsen said she may receive day-for-day credit for successful completion of AODA treatment. Marquez was arrested for her boisterous conduct causing a disturbance July 23 in Lac du Flambeau.

James R. Stenberg, 27, of Lac du Flambeau, had a charge of manufacturing or delivery of a prescription drug amended to possession of an illegal prescription. His sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for two years. Conditions of his probation include 60 days in the Vilas County Jail to commence Sept. 1, AODA assessment and any follow- through deemed necessary. He will receive credit for 11 days served.

In addition, a charge of felony bail jumping was amended to misdemeanor bail jumping. Stenberg’s sentence on that charge was withheld and he received two years’ probation to run concurrent to the previous sentence. Stenberg was in possession of oxycodone hydrochloride when he was arrested Jan. 10 in Lac du Flambeau.

Alfred W. Hagen III, 23, of Lac du Flambeau, who agreed to a deferred entry of judgment on a felony bail- jumping charge Oct. 14, 2010, returned to Vilas County Circuit Court for a sentencing hearing on revocation after violating his 36-month probation. According to court records, he violated the no-alcohol stipulation May 22 and June 10, and was involved in a hit-and-run accident June 24, when he also operated a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license and fled officers on foot. He was sentenced to 276 days in jail, but received credit for 276 days served.

Wesley E. Brisk, 20, of Lac du Flambeau, who agreed to a deferred entry of judgment (DEJ) on a charge of burglary of a building or dwelling in November of 2010 was back in court last week as District Attorney Albert Moustakis made a request to revoke the DEJ. Moustakis told the court that Brisk faced new charges June 6, 2012, of attempted battery to a law enforcement officer, attempted criminal damage to property, resisting or obstructing an officer, felony bail jumping and misdemeanor bail jumping. A plea and sentencing hearing is set for Oct. 22 at 11 a.m.

Betty Jane Stone, 37, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with third-offense operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a minor child in the vehicle, operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration and possession of an illegally obtained prescription, was bound over and entered a not-guilty plea. A pretrial conference was set for Aug. 13 at 9 a.m.

According to the complaint, Stone (aka Graveen) was arrested June 26 with a preliminary breath test of 0.157% and had two oxycodone pills inside a $5 bill in her possession.

Wenonah L. Soulier, 21, of Lac du Flambeau, who pleaded guilty to a charge of felony bail jumping and was placed on probation for 36 months Nov. 19, 2011, was back in court for a sentencing after revocation after consuming alcohol May 3, 2012. She was sentenced to eight months in the county jail and received credit for 98 days served. She also was sentenced to 90 days in jail on a disorderly conduct conviction. The court learned she was currently serving a sentence in Oneida County.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012 2:22 PM
 

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