Stone Lake Man Sentenced to Prison for Domestic Abuse and Habitual Criminality

Thursday, December 21, 2017 | SawyerWire |

A Stone Lake man, Keith Stevens, 44, was found guilty of felony disorderly conduct, domestic abuse repeater (habitual criminality) on Dec. 5, 2017 in Sawyer County Circuit Court. Stevens was sentenced one year in jail to run concurrent with a prison sentence he is currently serving.

Stevens was found guilty on Sep. 23, 2014 of robbery with use of force and sentenced to serve two years in prison and three years of extended supervision. Those charges were the result of an incident that occurred on July 26, 2014 at the Clubhouse Bar on the LCO Reservation. He was also charged with substantial battery with intent to cause harm, but that charge was dismissed and read in as part of the plea agreement.

On February 7 of this year, an LCO police officer was requested to go to an address on Poppletown Road on the LCO Reservation reference a battery that had taken place, according to the criminal complaint.

The officer met a female at the residence who was holding something to her mouth. The officer asked her what had happened, and the female stated she went to see a friend in Reserve and upon arriving, the friend was arguing with her father, Keith Stevens. The female asked her friend to go outside to smoke a cigarette and when she got up, Stevens backhanded her, so she slapped him, at which time Stevens punched her in the mouth.

The victim left the residence and the friend came after her and the victim showed her mouth to her friend, according to the complaint. At that time, Stevens came up to them and denied hitting her. The victim told him everyone had seen it. Stevens then showed them his hand and said, ‘look what you did to my hand.’

The friend and another woman helped the victim leave and go to her aunt and uncle’s residence down the road. The victim then got a ride to the hospital where she was sent to Duluth to see the plastic surgeon, according to the complaint. The victim told the officer that the hospital asked her how she had been hurt and she answered that she had fallen.

The officer asked her how many stitches she received, and she said four for sure. The victim told the officer that she also had to see a dentist because she had a loose tooth, the complaint stated.

The other woman who had given the victim a ride told the office that she had witnessed Stevens punch the victim.

Stevens is currently in prison for an earlier incident that occurred on July 26, 2014, at approximately 1:04 a.m. at the LCO Clubhouse on County Hwy E.

According to the complaint, an officer arrived on scene as about 10 to 12 vehicles were leaving. The officer entered the building through an open door and the building was without power due to an earlier storm. The officer reported the interior was lit by two lanterns, and he used his flashlight to illuminate the area as much as possible.

As he entered the bar, the officer noticed a man he knew, the victim, seated near a barstool bleeding from his head, and his right eye was swollen shut, according to the criminal complaint. The victim said he was in a lot of pain and could not see out of his eye. He told the officer he was outside and Stevens came out of nowhere and proceeded to ‘kick my ass.’

The officer said there was a pool of blood 9 inches in diameter where the assault happened. The victim told the officer he had about $800 dollars on him which was now gone.

According to the complaint, patrons in the bar told the officer that the victim had arrived at the bar with a large amount of cash on him and was buying drinks for people at the bar.

The paramedics arrived and took the victim to the hospital, the complaint states. The paramedic told the officer that the victim would need to be transported for facial fractures.

After the officer left the scene, a patron who was in the bar had called him on his squad car cell phone and told him it was Stevens who assaulted the man and was hiding in a closet when he arrived at the bar. The person said Stevens fled out of a west side entrance to the bar and into the woods across highway E when the officers escorted the victim to the ambulance. The person wanted to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation.

Two LCO officers searched the area and found nothing, the complaint stated. They were in their vehicles on one side of the building discussing the situation when they heard a car door. They found a vehicle with its lights on and as a passenger in the back seat, they found Stevens. He had blood on his shirt and his right hand had a cut near the middle knuckle and was slightly swollen. Stevens was arrested at 2:52. When the officer arrived at the jail, he was informed that the victim had a fractured right eye socket and fractured sinus cavities.

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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