SHELL LAKE– “Guilty.”
That was the plea Jolene Hanson, 45, of Spooner gave to a charge of party to first-degree recklessly causing great bodily harm, part of a plea agreement that included dismissing the original charge of attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
The plea was accepted during a court appearance on Friday, Nov. 22, that originally was scheduled to hear motions filed with the court as a prelude for an eventual trial.
Hanson and Robert “Bob” R. Meyers of Spooner were both charged in August 2018 with attempted first-degree intentional homicide for allegedly trying to kill Meyers’s wife, Sharon R. Meyers, by poisoning her, first by eye drops and then by ant poison and anti-fungal foot cream placed in a drink. They also were charged with intentionally subjecting a person to abuse that is likely to cause harm.
They were arrested on August 7, 2018, and have been in the Washburn County Jail since.
As part of Hanson's amended charges, the charge of party to causing mental harm to a child was dismissed but read into the record for consideration during sentencing. That sentencing is scheduled for April 1 under Rusk County Circuit Judge Steven Anderson.
The defense and state attorneys have recommended Anderson sentence Hanson to four years in prison, with credit for time already served, plus a decade of extended supervision. Anderson is not bound by the plea agreement. Though the attorneys did not request a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) of Hanson, the judge has ordered one to be completed by the Department of Corrections. A PSI looks into a defendant's history, circumstances surrounding the crime, and any factors that could lead to reoffending.
The attempted murder charge carries the potential for 60 years in prison, while the maximum for the recklessly causing injury is 25 years.
Meyers' case is continuing, with motions reviewed in court on Friday centering around whether the police needed a search warrant for the initial entry into the building where the alleged poisoning attempts took place and a request that several items be tested by the State Crime Lab.
Judge Anderson will consider the motion to suppress evidence from the initial investigation that had been done in part to check on the welfare of Sharon Meyer. During that investigation, a witness gave the officer the packaging from the ant poison and foot cream.
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