Vilas County Circuit Judge Neal A. Nielsen III denied a motion from Doug­las Plude, 52, formerly of Land O’ Lakes, and his attorney to reduce his current prison sentence after being found guilty of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of his wife, Genell, in 2001.

Plude appeared by video from the New Lisbon Correctional Institute last week and his attorney, Breanna Halyburton, appeared by telephone.

Plude was taken into custody on an arrest warrant in August 2001 and a jury found him guilty of the Class B felony on Dec. 13, 2002. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison and is not eligible for parole until he has served at least 20 years.

In the motion, Plude and Halyburton  requested Plude’s sentence be modified to 15 years, or time served; or as an alternative the judge withhold sentence and place him on probation for five years.   

Meanwhile, the victim’s parents, aunt, uncle, sister and brother-in-law were present by phone. Vilas County District Attorney Martha Milanowski objected to the motion.

Judge Nielsen ruled that “the court cannot find the defendant has provided the burden of proof to grant the motion to modify sentence and denies the motion.”

Plude remains in custody at the minimum security institution.

In other felony cases, Justin W. Hayner, 32, of Ironwood, Mich., charged with possession of methamphetamine (meth), two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, waived his preliminary hearing. Probable cause was found he had committed a crime and he was bound over for arraignment. Not guilty pleas were entered and a pretrial conference was set for May 12 at 10:30 a.m. His $300 cash bond, posted Feb. 24, was continued.

According to the complaint, a search warrant was executed at 807 E. Pine St. in Eagle River and officers located Hayner in a bedroom on the bed. Officers allegedly located suspected meth and paraphernalia on the dresser.

Kimberli J. Squiller, 29, of Eagle River, charged with two counts of possession of narcotic drugs, possession of  drug paraphernalia and three counts of misdemeanor bail jumping, had a preliminary hearing set for April 16 at 10 a.m. Her  $1,000 cash bond was amended to a $1,000 signature bond with the condition that she maintain absolute sobriety. The judge also stated that if she gets admitted to an inpatient treatment facility, she can request to reschedule her preliminary hearing.

According to the complaint, officers responded to a possible drug overdose at a town of Lincoln residence. The caller stated Squiller was possibly using heroin and not answering her phone. Officers located Squiller standing in the residence, where she allegedly admitted to using heroin the day before at about 5 p.m. Officers allegedly located a straw under a pillow in the bedroom that tested positive for heroin and Fentanyl.

Miles L. Krohn, 26, of Eagle River, had a felony charge of burglary of a building or dwelling dismissed and was charged with criminal damage of property, a misdemeanor. A pretrial conference was set for April 28 at 2 p.m.

According to the complaint, Krohn allegedly kicked in the back door of an Arbor Vitae home Nov. 19, 2019.

David P. Neuroth, 55, of Arbor Vitae, charged with disorderly conduct, which became a misdemeanor after a repeater enhancer was removed,  entered a no contest plea and was found guilty. 

Neuroth’s sentence was withheld and he was placed on probation for 12 months with the following conditions: continue alcohol and other drug abuse counseling and follow-up or treatment deemed appropriate by the agent; complete men’s batterer’s group counseling or any other domestic violence counseling deemed appropriate by the agent; and pay court costs of $443, plus $100 for a domestic violence surcharge due by May 16. A payment plan application was provided to the defendant.  It was noted a sample of his DNA was previously provided. Neuroth received four days’ credit in jail in the event of revocation.

According to the complaint, Neuroth was intoxicated Sept, 6, 2019, at an 

Arbor Vitae residence and spit on a woman during an altercation.

Amy R. Schuman, 45, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with battery or threat to a judge, prosecutor or law enforcement officer, along with five counts of felony bail jumping and one count of resisting or obstructing an officer, all with repeater modifiers, had a preliminary hearing set for April 16 at 9:30 a.m.

According to the complaint, officers were called to a Lac du Flambeau residence March 7 for a woman who was too intoxicated to walk who was on probation, with a condition that she not consume alcohol. When officers arrived, they located Schuman sitting on the deck. A Lac du Flambeau conservation warden arrived on the scene to assist with the arrest and Schuman allegedly punched the warden in the face when they attempted to put her in the police car. 

Katelyn M. Potvine, 29, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and three counts of felony bail jumping, had a preliminary hearing set for April 16 at 2:30 p.m. A request to modify her $2,500 cash bond with a signature bond that included conditions of wearing an ankle bracelet and curfew were denied.

According to the complaint, officers were investigating Potvine for allegedly selling meth at Lake of the Torches Casino in Lac du Flambeau and located her leaving the Lac du Flambeau Smoke Shop March 8. Officers stopped her vehicle and questioned Potvine, who was on probation for possession of drug paraphernalia and has two open felony cases. She told officers she had a meth pipe in her purse, where they also located four tinfoil bindles containing 0.95 grams of meth. She was arrested.