Evan Oungst, 29, of Woodruff, pleaded guilty last week to second-degree reckless homicide involving the death of a Lac du Flambeau man, seven counts of aiding a felon and four counts of delivery of gabapentin, Attorney General Josh Kaul anĀ­nounced last week.

As part of the plea deal, Oungst waived all rights to a jury trial. Oungst faces 25 years in prison on the homicide charge (15 years of initial confinement and 10 of extended supervision).

Oungst also faced a Vilas County felony count of harboring or aiding a felon and resisting or obstructing an officer. Those charges were dismissed but read in as part of the plea agreement.

On Jan. 1, 2018, the body of Wayne M. Valliere Jr. of Lac du Flambeau was recovered in Iron County after he was reported missing by family on Christmas Day.

Arrested and jailed with Oungst as suspects in the death of Valliere were Richard Allen, 28; Joseph Lussier, 28; James Lussier, 20; and Curtis Wolfe, all of Lac du Flambeau.

Joseph Lussier and Allen were found guilty of first-degree homicide with a dangerous weapon and hiding a corpse in August 2018. They were both sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, an additional five years for use of a dangerous weapon concurrent with the life sentence, as well as an additional 11 years of incarceration consecutively for hiding a corpse.

James Lussier pleaded guilty to lesser charges and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Wolfe has not reached a plea agreement and is awaiting a December jury trial.

“This investigation and prosecution has been a team effort among state and local law enforcement,” said Attorney General Kaul. “Department of Justice (DOJ) and other agencies continue to seek justice in this important case.”

DOJ Criminal Litigation Unit assistant attorneys general Richard Dufour and Chad Verbeten handled the prosecution of this case, and the prosecution against Lussier and Allen for the murder of Valliere. 

According to the complaint, the group of men had been partying in western Vilas County and ended up in a remote woods near Mercer in Iron County, where Valliere was taken from a van, beaten, and shot in the face by Allen and then in the back by Joseph Lussier. Valliere’s body was found on New Year’s Day in rural Mercer off Moose Lake Road.

The investigation into Valliere’s death was led by the DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), with collaboration between Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, Forest County Sheriff’s Office, Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Lac du Flambeau Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Milwaukee Police Department, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Vilas County Sheriff’s Office, and Wisconsin State Patrol. 

Victim services were provided by the Iron County District Attorney’s Victim Services and DOJ’s Office of Crime Victim Services.