WASHBURN COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced a man facing charges in a case of attempted homicide in Washburn County.

DrydenWire.com reported previously in August 2018 that Robert Meyers and Joleen Hanson were arrested in Spooner, WI and charged in the attempted homicide of a female victim.

A criminal complaint filed in Washburn County Circuit Court stated that Hanson, caregiver for the victim, had purchased poisonous materials such as ant poison, and mixed the materials into the victim’s beverages.

Hanson told Law enforcement that she had numerous conversations with Meyers about what to use to kill the victim and the insurance money that Meyers would receive upon the death of the victim. Meyers and Hanson were residing with the victim and a minor female.

When law enforcement responded to the location in Spooner, WI where the parties were residing, they found unsanitary living conditions; animal feces; marijuana; and numerous items of drug paraphernalia.

Hanson was charged with Class A Felony Attempt 1st Degree Intentional Homicide (Party to a Crime); Class I Felony Intentionally Subject an Individual at Risk to Abuse - Likely to Cause Bodily Harm, Misdemeanor Battery, and Misdemeanor Neglecting a Child (Specified Harm Did Not Occur).

Meyers was charged with Class A Felony Attempt 1st Degree Intentional Homicide (Party to a Crime), Class I Felony Intentionally Subject an Individual at Risk to Abuse - Likely to Cause Bodily Harm, Possession of THC (Marijuana), and Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia.

A 4-day Jury Trial was scheduled for February 2020 regarding Meyers’ charges, however, at a hearing on February 21, 2020, the Court accepted pleas of No Contest from Meyers on amended charges and sentenced him. 

Online circuit court records show that the amended charges filed against Meyers were as follows:

  • Class I Felony Recklessly Subject an Individual at Risk to Abuse - Likely to Cause Great Bodily Harm
  • Class I Felony Manufacture/Deliver THC (<=200g), Possession with Intent to Deliver/Distribute a Controlled Substance On or Near a Youth Center, Distribution to Minors
  • Misdemeanor Possession of THC (marijuana)
  • Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia
  • Misdemeanor Person Duty to Aid/Report Crime

Details of the plea negotiations on Meyers’ case were not included in online records.

Robert Meyers


The Court ordered an imposed and stayed sentence of 3 ½ years initial confinement followed by 2 years of extended supervision on each of Meyers’ felony convictions with 9 years of probation and 8 months of county jail time on his misdemeanor convictions. The Court ordered credit for 564 days already served by Meyers.

Joleen Hanson


Hanson entered a plea of guilty to an amended charge of Class D Felony 1st Degree Reckless Injury, Party to a Crime at a hearing in November 2019. A charge of Class F Felony Causing Mental Harm to Child was dismissed but read in. The remainder of Hanson’s original charges were dismissed, according to online circuit court records.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Hanson in April 2020.


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