Court Orders Probation for Hayward Man & Woman; Granting Opportunity for Fresh Start

Thursday, March 15, 2018 | by Ben Dryden |

Probation has been ordered for a Hayward, WI man and woman on their convictions of dealing cocaine in Sawyer County. The Court also ordered an imposed and stayed prison sentence for each of them, which means if they violate the conditions of their probation, the Department of Corrections could revoke their probation, and the Court could immediately sentence them to serve several years in Wisconsin State Prison. reported on February 19, 2018 (see below) that Jack Willison and Stacharae Larson were each facing multiple felony charges following a controlled buy investigation conducted by Sawyer County Law Enforcement and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation. 

According to online circuit court records, Larson and Willison each plead No Contest to a charge of Class E Felony Possess with Intent to Deliver Cocaine. Their other charges were dismissed but read in.

At a plea/sentencing hearing on March 8, 2018, in Sawyer County Circuit Court, the Hon. John Yackel heard a lengthy argument from the State regarding the plea deal reached in these cases. 

The State advised the Court that law enforcement had advocated for reduced penalties due to the cooperation which Larson and Willison had provided during the course of their criminal cases. 

According to a transcript of Larson’s sentencing hearing, the State addressed the Court regarding Larson’s plans for her future which include providing home care with her CNA certificate.

The State also spoke about the 100 days of jail which Larson served in County Jail, stating that for an individual with “little to no criminal history, 100 days is a shock to the system”. Regarding a sentence of probation, the State addressed the Court and stated that probation provides protection for the community in which a convicted individual resides, as that individual is under supervision to include things like counseling and testing of breath, blood or urine to ensure compliance with all terms of the probation. 

Defense counsel for Larson spoke to the Court and stated that this experience had opened her eyes and that Larson is ready to cooperate with the requirements of probation and do what she is supposed to do.

Larson apologized to the Court for “everything I’ve done. I know I messed up pretty bad and this was a huge eye-opener for me.” She went to say that she would greatly appreciate another chance, according to the transcript.

Larson is a mother of 3 children, and the Court admonished her to take care during the term of her probation, reminding her that if she violates the rules of her probation, she is facing a stiff prison sentence which would put her in State Prison for several years and remove her from her children’s lives during their formative years. 

Judge Yackel also exhorted Larson to take full advantage of any and all AODA (Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment) services that the Department of Corrections would recommend and provide for her. 

The Court sentenced both Larson and Willison to 6 years of probation, with an imposed and stayed prison sentence of 10 years: 5 years of initial confinement followed by 5 years of extended supervision. Willison and Larson were ordered to complete an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment and any other counseling recommended by the Department of Corrections. 

In addition, the Court ordered Larson and Willison to pay $2,000 in restitution to the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

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Over 130 Grams of Cocaine Seized in Controlled Buy Investigation

Monday, February 19, 2018 | by Ben Dryden

Sawyer County Law Enforcement, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), conducted an investigation early in 2017 involving multiple controlled buys of Cocaine, resulting in the location and seizure of over 130 grams of Cocaine.

Criminal charges are filed in Sawyer County Circuit Court against Stacharae Larson and Jack Willison, both of Winter, WI, according to online circuit court records.

Larson is charged with Class D Felony Conspiracy to Commit Delivery of Cocaine (more than 15 grams but less than 40 grams), Class D Deliver Cocaine (more than 15 grams but less than 40 grams), Class E Felony Deliver Cocaine (more than 5 grams but less than 15 grams), and 3 counts of Class F Felony Deliver Cocaine (more than 1 gram but less than 5 grams).

Willison is charged with Class C Felony Conspiracy to Commit Delivery of Cocaine (more than 40 grams), Class C Felony Possession With Intent to Deliver Cocaine (more than 40 grams; In or Near a Jail), Class D Felony Deliver Cocaine (more than 15 grams but less than 40 grams; Party to a Crime), and Class F Felony Deliver Cocaine (more than 1 gram but less than 5 grams; Party to a Crime.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Sawyer County Court against Larson, the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Department and DCI carried out a lengthy investigation from January 1, 2017, through April 7, 2017. During the course of this investigation, confidential informants cooperated with law enforcement to purchase cocaine from Larson on multiple occasions at locations in the City of Hayward. 

Larson and Willison allegedly sold smaller amounts of cocaine to informants during the first part of the investigation. This led to law enforcement applying for warrants to install GPS tracking devices on the vehicles which Larson and Willison were using to meet the informants. 

The criminal complaint goes on to state that during the first days of April 2017, a deal was brokered in which Larson allegedly stated that she and Willison could obtain a larger amount of cocaine for an informant. A few days later, law enforcement intercepted Willison who was allegedly on his way back to the Hayward area. Information gathered from the GPS tracking device on Willison’s vehicle confirmed that the vehicle had traveled to the Chicago, Illinois area.

Over 100 grams of cocaine was ultimately seized from Willison as a result of this arrest. According to the criminal complaint, one bag of cocaine was located during the process of placing Willison under arrest, and a second bag of cocaine was located after Willison was transported to the Sawyer County Jail. Officers told Willison that if he carried any contraband into the jail with him, there could be additional criminal charges for that, but the criminal complaint states that Willison did not respond to officers. During a search of Willison’s person at the jail, the second bag was allegedly located in his anus. 

Online circuit court records show that both Larson and Willison have made several appearances in Sawyer County Circuit Court regarding their criminal charges and both are under bond conditions including no contact with each other. Plea /sentencing hearings are scheduled for both Larson and Willison later this week.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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