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WASHBURN COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced Alana Yates on convictions stemming from a fatal overdose case and convictions from other Washburn County court cases.
Yates was charged criminally following law enforcement’s investigation into a fatal overdose that occurred in Spooner, WI in March 2022.
On March 7, 2022, Yates and Charles Blair brought an unresponsive 19-year-old male to the Spooner Emergency room. Blair stated that he had found the male, who was later identified as Logan Demarr, along a road in Spooner, WI, and brought him to the hospital because he was not “doing very well”. Lifesaving measures were administered to Demarr, but shortly after 3a, measures were stopped, and the coroner was contacted.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Washburn County Circuit Court, Demarr had been using controlled substances at the residence of Mariah Pettit, located in Spooner, WI. When Yates was initially interviewed by law enforcement, she reiterated that Demarr had been found on the side of a road in Spooner, however, on March 10, 2022, she told law enforcement that she wanted to “come clean” about what had happened.
Yates told law enforcement that she had observed Demarr at Pettit’s residence on the night of the incident and that Pettit had been using controlled substances with Demarr. Yates stated that when Pettit realized that Demarr was overdosing, Pettit contacted Charles Blair and “begged” him to come to the residence.
After Blair and Yates took Demarr to the hospital, Yates returned to Pettit’s residence, and allegedly Pettit kept telling Yates the story to say. When Yates couldn’t get the story straight, Pettit wrote it down on a piece of paper and tried to have Yates recite it back to her.
Charges of Party to a Crime, Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place, and Misdemeanor Resisting / Obstructing an Officer were filed against Yates. Online circuit court records show that Yates appeared most recently in Washburn County Circuit Court on June 29, 2022, for a sentencing hearing before the Hon. John Anderson.
Defense counsel for Yates and District Attorney Aaron Marcoux presented a joint recommendation to Judge Anderson, and it was accepted. Details of the joint recommendation were not listed in online court records, however, Judge Anderson accepted Yates’ plea of Guilty to her charge of Misdemeanor Obstruction, and her felony charge was dismissed but read in. Yates received a sentence of 6 months confinement in county jail with court costs, fines, and fees of $443.
Judge Anderson also granted the revocation of a deferred entry of judgment agreement that Yates had entered into regarding criminal charges filed against her in multiple 2021 Washburn County court cases. Details of those court cases are not known to DrydenWire at the time of this post, however, online court records indicate that for convictions of Misdemeanor Domestic Battery and Disorderly Conduct, Misdemeanor Battery, three counts of Misdemeanor Resisting/Obstructing, three counts of Misdemeanor Bail Jumping, and Misdemeanor Operate w/o Valid License (2nd w/in 3 yrs) Yates received concurrent sentences totaling 6 months of confinement in county jail to be served concurrently with her new sentence. Yates received credit for 157 days already served and is ordered to pay over $4,000 in court costs, fines, and fees for those convictions.
Mariah Pettit is charged with Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place, and Party to a Crime, Misdemeanor Resisting / Obstructing an Officer. A charge of Class I Felony Neglecting a Child (No Harm and Child < 6 Yrs or Disability) was also filed against Pettit in a separate Washburn County court case. Pettit is scheduled to appear again on her charges in August 2022
Charles Blair is charged with Party to a Crime, Class I Felony Maintain Drug Trafficking Place, and Misdemeanor Resisting / Obstructing an Officer. Blair is set to appear again in September 2022 regarding his criminal charges.
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