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BARRON COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced Clayton Lauritsen for the December 28, 2020 fatal road rage incident in Barron, WI that resulted in the death of Lauritz Robertson.
On Monday, December 28, 2020, shortly before 5p, Barron County Dispatch received a 911 call about a shooting in the City of Barron.
Lauritsen was originally charged with Class A 1st Degree Felony Homicide. The criminal complaint filed against him in Barron County Circuit Court stated that Lauritsen had pursued a vehicle from the City of Rice Lake to the City of Barron, reaching speeds of approximately 140 miles per hour during the pursuit. Once in the City of Barron, Lauritsen had engaged in a confrontation with the other vehicle and discharged a firearm. The medical examiner’s report confirmed a gunshot wound to be the cause of Robertson’s death.
In November 2021, Lauritsen received additional criminal charges of Class H Felony Bail Jumping and Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct from a separate incident. Online records show that another criminal complaint was filed against Lauritsen in December 2021, charging him with Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property, Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing an Officer, and two counts of Felony Bail Jumping. Details of those incidents are not known to DrydenWire at this time.
On February 9, 2022, Lauritsen entered a plea of Guilty to an amended charge of Felony Murder. The Court also accepted his plea of guilty to his charge of Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property. The remaining charges against him were dismissed but read in.
Lauritsen appeared most recently on June 23, 2022, for a sentencing hearing and online circuit court records show that the Hon. J.M. Bitney has ordered Lauritsen to serve a prison sentence of 22 years and 6 months on his conviction of Felony Murder with 15 years of initial confinement and 7 years 6 months of extended supervision.
For the conviction of Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property, Judge Bitney ordered an additional 9 months of confinement in county jail to be served consecutively to his prison sentence.
Conditions of extended supervision will require Lauritsen to maintain absolute sobriety and complete any and all evaluations, counseling, treatment, and follow-up recommended by Probation Agent.