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Vigilante-style attack results in jail time

9-26-2007 Wisconsin:

A case involving a vigilante-style attack in the Town of Chetek last April has concluded, resulting in jail time for two of the three individuals involved.

Mary Ann Jerome, 31, of Holcombe, Tamara Fae Schimmel, 26, of Cadott, and Daniel D. Schmidt, 30, of Holcombe, were charged with a total of eight criminal counts in Barron County Circuit Court April 25. Jerome was initially charged with felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery; Schimmel was initially charged with felony second-degree reckless injury, misdemeanor criminal damage to property, misdemeanor battery and felony false imprisonment; Schmidt was originally charged with felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery.

After recent sentencing hearings, both Jerome and Schmidt pleaded guilty to battery [as party to a crime] on Friday, Sept. 14, and were sentenced to 45 days in jail ,with one year of probation. Schimmel pleaded guilty to criminal damage to property and injury by negligent use of a weapon or explosive on Sept. 14. Schimmel's sentencing hearing is set for Thursday, Nov. 15. The convictions result from an incident that took place in the early-morning hours of Sunday, April 22.

According to the criminal complaint, the Barron County Sheriff's Department responded to a call of trespassing at 3 a.m. on Sunday, April 22. The caller, Terry Winger, 33, of Chippewa Falls, wished to register a complaint of trespassing against individuals who were on his property. Winger was stabbed in the leg and also had a gash in the back of his head, which he claimed came from people who had dragged him out of his camper.

According to the complaint, Jerome, Schimmel and Schmidt allegedly admitted to plotting to capture Winger so that he could be transported back to Chippewa County in order to face sexual assault charges. Winger had been charged in Chippewa County Circuit Court with sexually assaulting Jerome's minor daughter, but did not show up for a recent court appearance. A felony warrant was issued for his arrest, but according to the complaint, Jerome allegedly wanted to "help" authorities track Winger down by arresting him herself.

According to the complaint, after Jerome, Schimmel and Schmidt managed to locate Winger's residence, they met at a Chetek-area tavern and hatched a plan to find him and bring him back to Chippewa County. After the tavern closed, the trio went to his camper in the Town of Chetek and dragged him outside, beating him and stabbing him in the leg.

Schimmel allegedly admitted stabbing Winger after Winger kicked at her while being held on the ground. Winger was taken to Barron Medical Center for his injuries, where he was treated and released. ..more.. by

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