A 21-year-old Lac Courte Oreilles man has been charged with felony possession of an improvised explosive device and criminal damage to property after he allegedly set off a fireworks mortar loaded with rocks on July 8 and damaged the residence of a New Post man who was convicted of reckless homicide in the death of the man’s father 16 years ago.
The man charged in Sawyer County Court, Jordan Adam Milam, 31, 12718 Daycare Drive, told an LCO police officer that he “was having a rough day due to today (July 8) being the anniversary of his father’s murder.” He stated he became upset after learning that Jeramie LaRush was back home from prison after 16 years.
“Milam stated he started to drink and was not thinking clearly and wished to get back at Jeramie LaRush for murdering his father,” the police report stated.
LaRush told the officer he recently was released from prison after serving 16 years for party to first-degree reckless homicide in the July 7, 2003, home invasion and beating death of 37-year-old Lorne Potack at a residence in New Post. LaRush returned to reside in New Post.
LaRush said he was watching TV when he heard a loud bang and crash from a mortar being detonated against a window at his Indian Lane residence, shattering it and sending rocks taped together inside and denting a wall. He told officers he believed the perpetrator was Jordan Milam, who had a court order prohibiting contact with LaRush.
Officers found Milam lying in the woods nearby and arrested him. They observed footprints matching Milam’s shoe in sand less than 100 feet from the broken window.
Milam made his initial court appearance Aug. 6. If convicted on the felony charge of improvised explosives, Milam would face a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $10,000 fine.