Luce Sentenced to Prison on Previous Charges; Faces New Meth Dealing Charges
Correction: In an earlier story, it was reported Joshua Luce, 34, an LCO resident, had received two felony charges of Delivery of Methamphetamine, and was released on a $10,000 signature bond, but he was actually released to the Wis. State Department of Corrections to start serving a prison sentence. At the same initial appearance on Jan. 16 for the two new meth dealing charges, Luce also appeared for a plea hearing on a Possession of Meth charge from a case filed against him on Sep. 15, 2017.
Two charges of Delivery of Methamphetamine have been filed against Luce in Sawyer County Circuit Court on Jan. 12, 2018, and Luce had his initial appearance on Jan. 16, at which time, he was released from custody on a $10,000 signature bond to the custody of the Department of Corrections. Luce faces 12 years and 6 months in prison on each count.
Luce pled guilty to the Possession of Meth charge at a plea hearing on Jan. 16, at which time, Luce was sentenced to 3 ½ years in the state prison system with 1 ½ incarceration and two years of extended supervision.
Luce was given credit for 160 days concurrent to two felony convictions from 2015. Luce was convicted of two counts of Burglary to a Building or Dwelling and sentenced to five years of probation on Jan. 15, 2016.
Luce’s probation was revoked on Oct. 10, 2017, and his sentencing hearing was also held on Jan. 12, 2018, along with his plea hearing on the Possession of Meth conviction and his initial appearance on the two Delivery of Meth charges.
On Jan. 16, 2018, on the Burglary cases, at his revocation hearing, the prosecution argued for 10 years in the prison system with 5 years incarceration and 5 years of extended supervision, while Luce’s defense attorney argued for the sentence to follow what the probation department recommended; 4 years with 2 years of incarceration and 2 years of extended supervision. Judge John Yackel ordered Luce to 8 years in the prison system with 4 years of incarceration and 4 years of extended supervision.
Luce was given credit for 154 days of time served and he is eligible for the Challenge Incarceration Program and Substance Abuse Program.
Yackel remanded Luce to Dodge Correctional Facility unless the Sawyer County sheriff chooses to keep him in the jail due to the two Delivery of Meth charges.
According to the criminal complaint, a confidential informant (CI) made a purchase from Luce at a residence at 13831W Corbine Drive in Reserve on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation on July 17, 2017.
The complaint states that CI was contacted by Luce who said he had three “T-shirts,” which were 1.75 grams each of methamphetamine available for a decent price. The price was to be $300. The CI was to meet Luce at the Reserve Beach, but at 5:32 p.m., CI was contacted by Renae Gordon, who was also charged in this case, and told to go the address on Corbine Drive.
According to the complaint, CI reported to deputies that at the residence, Gordon and Luce were both there, and that they waited awhile and then walked to the beach. As they approached, CI noticed a white jeep parked at the beach and Luce told CI that, “This is my guy.” The driver waved his hand at them and Luce told CI to wait back at the residence for him.
The complaint states that Luce returned with the meth and threw it in the CI’s vehicle. Although the original amount was to be three “T-shirts,” Luce only sold the CI two “T-shirts” for the $300. The total weight of the meth was 2.4 grams.
The second count of Delivery of Meth was the result of a controlled buy on Grindstone Springs Road using another CI on August 2, 2017. According to the criminal complaint, the CI purchased 5.5 grams of meth for $450.
The complaint states that Luce had offered CI a full ounce of meth for $700, but when they met the source, who was identified as Clayton Beedle, 23, also charged with Delivery of Methamphetamine, on Grindstone Springs Road, driving in the white Jeep, he could only get a half-ounce for $450. The actual weight was over 8 grams short of a half-ounce, weighing only 5.5 grams, and Luce told CI he would make it right later that day.
Luce is set to appear in court on March 13, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.