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**** the identity of these cases and defendants have been removed, to protect the identity of the victims, and to ensure that the appellate procedures (most convicted defendants appeal their sentences) all occur without disruption.
August 2014

Crime: This trial involved multiple, separate cases of domestic violence, victim intimidation, and contempt of court (for violating the court’s orders regarding no contact with the victim). This victim was so intimidated that she didn’t want to cooperate with the investigation, despite the very clear indication that the Defendant was threatening her in private calls from his jail cell.

Charges and Verdict:

First Case
Ct. 1 – Contempt of Court – GUILTY
Ct. 2 – Contempt of Court - GUILTY

Second Case
Ct 1. – Battery – DV – DISMISSED
Ct. 2 – Disorderly Conduct – DV – GUILTY

Third Case
Ct. 1 – Misdemeanor Bail Jumping – DV - NOT GUILTY
Ct. 2 – Misdemeanor Bail Jumping – DV – NOT GUILTY
Ct. 3 – Felony Bail Jumping – DV – GUILTY

Fourth Case
Ct. 1 – Intimidation of a Victim – DV – DISMISSED Ct. 2 – Intimidation of a Witness – DV – GUILTY Ct. 3 – Violating a Domestic Abuse Injunction – DV – GUILTY
Ct. 4 – Violating a Domestic Abuse Injunction – DV – GUILTY
Ct. 5 – Violating a Domestic Abuse Injunction – DV – GUILTY

Sentence:
1 year in prison

August 2014
September 2014

Crime: This was a domestic violence case where a Defendant got into an argument with his girlfriend, injured her one on night, and then came back a following night when the victim was sleeping. She awake to him punching and choking and striking her. She had a broken nose, and described to the police how the Defendant exploded on her in a “fury of rage.”

Charges and Verdict:
First Case:
Ct. 1 – Battery – DV – NOT GUILTY
Count 2-Strangulation and Suffocation - Guilty
Ct. 2 – Disorderly Conduct – DV – GUILTY

Second Case:
Ct. 1 – Substantial Battery – DV – GUILTY
Ct. 2 – Strangulation or Suffocation – DV – GUILTY
Ct. 3 – Disorderly Conduct – DV – GUILTY

Sentence:
2.5 years in prison

September 2014
October 2014

Crime: This was a domestic violence case that occurred in West Milwaukee, where the Defendant got into an argument with his girlfriend, he struck in the head, followed her outside (when she attempted to get away from him), and pulled her down the street by her hair, demeaning her the whole time. A good Samaritan from the neighborhood intervened and called the police, and in so doing, the Defendant also got angry with him, and knocked out his two front teeth.

Charges and Verdict:
Ct. 1 – Battery – DV – GUILTY
Ct. 2 – Battery – DV – NOT GUILTY
Ct. 3 – Substantial Battery – GUILTY
Ct. 4 – Disorderly Conduct – DV – GUILTY
Ct. 5 – Expelling Bodily Fluid at Law Enforcement Officer – NOT GUILTY

Sentence:
Probation and Jail

October 2014
January 2015

Crime: This was a four-day long trial that involved charges of domestic violence, nine charges of victim intimidation, and an incredible and chronic display of that classic power and control dynamic involving not only the victim, but the victim’s mother and her cousin. The victim was so terrified about testifying against the Defendant (and the potential repercussions of this), that she tried to “plead the fifth” when we were finally able to produce her for trial.

Charges and Verdict:
First Case
Ct. 1 – Strangulation or Suffocation – DV – GUILTY
Ct. 2 – Battery – DV – GUILTY
Ct. 3 – DC – DV – GUILTY
Ct. 4 – Intimidation of a Victim – GUILTY
Ct. 5 – Intimidation of a Victim – GUILTY
Ct. 6 – Intimidation of a Victim – GUILTY
Ct. 7 – Intimidation of a Victim - GUILTY

Second Case
Ct. 1 – Intimidation of a Victim – GUILTY
Ct. 2 – Intimidation of a Victim – GUILTY
Ct. 3 – Intimidation of a Victim - GUILTY

Third Case
Ct. 1 – Intimidation of a Victim – DV - GUILTY
Ct. 2 – Intimidation of a Victim – DV – NOT GUILTY

Sentence:
3 years prison

January 2015
May 2015

Crime: This case involved a boyfriend, in the middle of the night, sexually assaulting his girlfriend’s three-year old daughter. The mother actually woke up during the commotion of the assault (and the child’s crying), and saw part of the abuse. After the mother intervened, and while she was trying to talk to her child about what happened, the Defendant intervened, and struck her repeatedly and violently. She had to flee the apartment, to a neighbor’s house, before she was safely able to contact the police. Finally, from jail, the Defendant attempted to intimidate the victim further, in written letters he sent to her from jail.

Charges and Verdict:
First Case
Ct. 1 – First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child – GUILTY
Ct. 2 – Battery – DV - GUILTY

Second Case
Ct. 1 – Intimidation of a Witness - GUILTY

Sentence
35 years in prison

May 2015
June 2015

Crime: In October of 2014, an MATC student was returning home from school, at night, when the Defendant approached her. He dragged her into a nearby alley, and forcibly sexually assaulted her. Police only discovered his identity after scouring video cameras in the area, and piecing together DNA evidence. The victim was so traumatized about this encounter that she could barely even speak about it. We had to prepare her multiple times before she was able to take the witness stand, and testify about this devastating encounter.

Charges and Verdict:
Ct. 1 – Kidnapping - GUILTY
Ct. 2 – 2nd Degree Sexual Assault – Use of Force – GUILTY
Ct. 3 – 2nd Degree Sexual Assault – Use of Force - GUILTY

Sentence:
45 years in prison

June 2015
February 2016

Crime: This was a human trafficking and kidnapping case that occurred in August of 2015. The victim – a heroin addict – was lured into service by the Defendant, who enticed her with free drugs and a place to sleep. He forced her into work off these “gifts” by participating in acts of prostitution for her. When she finally was ready to leave the relationship, he use physical violence, maintaining that relationship of power and control over her. He reminded her of what he was capable of when he described how he killed one of her similarly addicted friends, on the north side of Milwaukee, and burned her body in a trash dumpster.

Charges and Verdicts:
Ct. 1 – Human Trafficking
Ct. 2 - Kidnapping

Sentence:
26 years in prison

February 2016

Milwaukee County Cases

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