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Eagle River man gets probation

after pleading no contest to theft

A 20-year-old Eagle River man who broke into his neighbor’s home in the town of Washington last winter was placed on probation for three years after his sentence was withheld in Vilas County Circuit Court last week.

Victory P. Perotto, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, pleaded no contest to an amended charge of theft and was found guilty. He also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of criminal trespass. A charge of misdemeanor theft was dismissed in the plea agreement.

Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III said the conditions for Perotto’s probation include: serve 218 days in the county jail, with credit for 154 served; 100 hours of community service; pay $15,000 in restitution, with $10,000 already paid and the remainder due in one year; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns; no contact with the victims; defendant can petition the court for an expungement; restorative justice if the victims agree; provide DNA sample; and any alcohol and drug abuse (AODA) assessment and any follow-through recommended by the agent.

According to the criminal complaint, Perotto forcibly gained entry into a residence at 1479 Oak Lane in the town of Washington sometime between Oct. 1, 2012, and Jan. 17, 2013, when the  property owners were away from their home. He took about $14,000 in cash and jewelry, some of which he sold at a pawn shop in Rhinelander.

Perotto’s sentence on the criminal trespass conviction was withheld and he was placed on probation, to run concurrent with the other probation.

Perotto was previously convicted of misdemeanor theft and possession of drug paraphernalia for his in­volvement in an incident at the Eagle River Recreation Association Sports Arena in the town of Lincoln March 3-4, 2012. He was sentenced to an additional six months in the county jail, and was given credit for time served on both charges. He agreed to a deferred entry of judgement (DEJ) on a charge of burglary of a building or dwelling, and possession of marijuana from the ERRA?incident, in which currency, beer and boxes of candy were taken from the Sports Arena. The DEJ will remain in effect on those charges.

In other felony cases, Mitchell Moore, 24, of Eagle River, charged with six counts of uttering a forgery, was bound over after probable cause was found he had committed a crime. He pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. He allegedly wrote checks owned by another person at four Eagle River businesses in July of this year.

Moore also is charged with burglary of a building or dwelling, misdemeanor theft, possession of marijuana and two counts of felony bail jumping. A preliminary hearing for those charges was set for Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Moore apparently gained entry to a home on Taylor Lake Road in the town of Lincoln Sept. 19, allegedly taking a jug of coins, silver certificates, $2 bills and silver coins from a bedroom.

Benjamin J. Rizzo, 26, of St. Germain, convicted of three counts of forgery, three counts of uttering a forgery and two counts of theft of moveable property, was placed on probation for six years July 15, and ordered to repay the victims $3,700 in restitution.

Lawrence A. Sweet, 36, of Lac du Flambeau, who was found guilty in a jury trail June 19 of substantial battery and disorderly conduct, both with a domestic abuse repeater, was sentenced to five years in the Wisconsin Prison System, including three years of confinement and two years of extended supervision on the battery conviction.

Judge Nielsen stayed the sentence and Sweet was placed on probation for three years.  Conditions of his probation include: complete domestic abuse counseling, complete an AODA assessment and treatment, complete anger management  counseling, any counseling deemed necessary by the agent, not to possess or consume intoxicants, no taverns, and serve 10 months in the county jail. The jail time can be served in another county, with work release or child care privileges. He received credit for 48 days served.

On the disorderly conduct conviction, the sentence was withheld and Sweet was placed on probation for one year concurrent to the previous probation.

According to the complaint, Sweet was drinking at his home July 25, 2012, and got in an argument with a 43-year-old woman. She was found laying on her back on the porch. Officers said she was unconscious, but breathing.

Trent N. Stone, 30, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with battery domestic abuse, disorderly conduct domestic abuse, both with a domestic abuse repeater, had a pretrial conference set for Dec. 3 at 11:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, Stone was drinking with a 37-year-old woman Oct. 7, 2012, in a Lac du Flambeau residence and he allegedly punched her in the face and kicked her in the left hip. The woman told authorities she didn’t know why he hit her. He was later charged with felony bail jumping July 17, 2013, for having contact with a victim.

Shane Little Feather Deverney, 33, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with physical abuse of a child and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, had a preliminary hearing set for Nov. 21 at 10:30 a.m. According to the complaint, Deverney allegedly struck a 12-year-old child in the face three times Oct. 5  in Lac du Flambeau because he was misbehaving.

Shane M. Chapman, 37, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with substantial battery, entered a plea of not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Dec. 17 at 9:30 a.m. According to the complaint, Chapman allegedly struck another man in the face about 3:35 a.m. on July 24 in Lac du Flambeau. The man said he was sleeping in a bed and Chapman punched him multiple times, causing a fracture to his face and requiring stitches.

Nicole L. Brandt, 26, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with felony bail jumping, possession of an illegally obtained prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia, pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Jan. 14 at 9:30 a.m. According to the complaint, law enforcement officers investigated a suspicious vehicle in which Brandt was a passenger Oct. 11 in Arbor Vitae. She allegedly had the drug Adderall in her jeans pocket without a prescription, as well as a digital scale.

George A. Diver III, 20, of Lac du Flambeau pleaded no contest and was found guilty of attempted battery of a peace officer and felony bail  jumping. Charges of obstructing an officer and disorderly conduct, use of a dangerous weapon, were dismissed in the plea agreement. A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing was set for Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Diver’s $2,500 signature bond was continued.

Melvin F. Buckholtz III, 30, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of fifth-offense operating while intoxicated. A charge of operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration was dismissed in the plea agreement.

Buckholtz’s sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 36 months. Conditions of the probation include: fined $3,500; follow- through on any counseling deemed necessary; not to possess or consume intoxicants; no taverns, except for work; serve seven months in the county jail with work release privileges; provide a DNA sample; driver’s license revoked for 36 months; ignition interlock device for 36 months; and attend alcohol assessment. He received credit for 10 days served in jail. He can serve the jail time in another county and it must commence Dec. 20.

According to the complaint, Buckholtz was in the driver’s seat of truck that was in the ditch in a swampy area along Highway 47 in Lac du Flambeau May 14, 2011. His preliminary breath test was 0.242%.

John Negani, 29, of Lac du Flambeau, was charged with a sex registry violation. He pleaded no contest and was found guilty. Sentencing was set for Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. and his $1,000 cash bond was continued. According to the complaint, Negani failed to provide the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and the Sex Offender Registry Program of a residence change on or about May 25, 2012. He was convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child in Vilas County Nov. 14, 2003.

Jared B. Lussier, 20, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with burglary of a building or dwelling and misdemeanor bail jumping, had a pretrial conference set for Oct. 29 at 9:15 a.m. According to the complaint, Lussier allegedly entered a dwelling at 302 Little Pines Road in Lac du Flambeau July 31 with intentions of stealing a mountain bike and other items.

Brandon L. Vetterneck, 37, of Lac du Flambeau, pleaded no contest and was found guilty of delivery of schedule I?or II narcotics and criminal damage to property. Charges of possession with intent to deliver narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed in the plea agreement. A presentence investigation was requested and sentencing was set for Dec. 23 at 1:30 p.m.

In addition, a sentencing hearing on revocation was adjourned to the same date. Vetterneck was convicted of possession of marijuana May 23 of this year and his sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for two years. The new conviction, for selling Oxycodone Aug. 4 and damaging a window in a cell door at the Lac du Flambeau Police Department Aug. 5, were violations of that probation.

Ronald P. Peterson III, 22, of Lac du Flambeau, reached a plea agreement. A theft of moveable property charge was amended to misdemeanor theft and a felony bail jumping charge was amended to misdemeanor bail jumping. He also pleaded no contest and was found guilty of operating without a license and possession of synthetic cannabinoids. Two other charges of felony bail jumping were dismissed. His sentencing was withheld and he was placed on probation for 24 months.

Conditions of Peterson’s probation include: pay restitution of $4,232.59; no contact with the victim; counseling for alcohol and other drug abuse issues; no contact with other suspects in the case; 50 hours of community service; and serve 90 days in the county jail, with credit for 16 days. His jail time must commence Dec. 31.

According to the complaint, Peterson took two flat-screen televisions from a home during a party July 18, 2012, in Lac du Flambeau, along with jewelry from a cottage next to the home.

Anthony T. Moore, 43, of Lac du Flambeau, was charged with operating while intoxicated, fifth or sixth offense, and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping.  Moore pleaded not guilty and a pretrial conference was set for Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 11:02 AM
 

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