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WASHBURN COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced Shaun Higgins, of Trego, WI, on convictions stemming from an incident in February 2021 during which Higgins drove a UTV over another individual.

Charges of Class B Felony Attempt First Degree Intentional Homicide; Class G Felony Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, and two charges of Class I Felony Criminal Damage to Property were filed against Higgins following the incident.

Higgins became involved in an argument with another patron of the bar that he was at, and after being escorted outside of the bar Higgins got into a UTV. The criminal complaint filed against Higgins stated that he yelled, "I’m gonna kill you," before accelerating the UTV in the direction of the patron with whom he had argued, striking the individual with the UTV, and driving it over them. Higgins then backed the UTV up, spun it around, shouted again: "I’m gonna kill you," and drove the UTV over the individual a second time.

The victim of the incident sustained multiple fractured ribs, contusions, and significant bruising. Damages of over $5,000 were sustained by the two vehicles that Higgins struck with the UTV.

At a hearing on May 9, 2022, the Hon. Angeline Winton accepted a proposed plea negotiation for the case; accepting Higgins’ pleas of guilty to his charges of Class G Felony Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety and two charges of Class I Felony Criminal Damage to Property. The charge of Class B Felony Attempt First Degree Intentional Homicide was dismissed but read in. An additional charge of Class H Felony Bail Jumping that was filed against Higgins in a separate Washburn County Court case was also dismissed but read in. Judge Winton revoked Higgins’ bail bond, and he was placed in the custody of the Washburn County Jail.

Higgins appeared most recently on July 22, 2022, for a sentencing hearing on his convictions. Judge Winton heard statements from victims of the case, and also heard sentencing recommendations from defense counsel for Higgins and from Washburn County District Attorney Marcoux.

Higgins’ defense counsel recommended that the Court order probation for Higgins.

District Attorney Marcoux recommended that the Court order an 8-year sentence for Higgins on his conviction of Class G Felony Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety and sentences of 3 years and 6 months for each of his convictions of Class I Felony Criminal Damage to Property with all sentences to be served at the same time.

Judge Winton ordered what was recommended by District Attorney Marcoux. Higgins will serve 3 years of initial confinement followed by 5 years of extended supervision on his conviction of Class G Felony Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, and 1.5 years of initial confinement followed by 2 years of extended supervision for each of his two convictions of Class I Felony Criminal Damage to Property.

Higgins is to serve all his sentences at the same time, so after 3 years of initial confinement, he will be eligible for release on supervision. Higgins received credit for 96 days already served.

Conditions of supervision will require Higgins to maintain absolute sobriety and complete an alcohol and other drug assessment.

Higgins is also ordered to pay over $7,000 in restitution.

Last Update: Jul 23, 2022 12:45 pm CDT

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