POLK COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced two men who were charged criminally following a robbery incident that occurred in Polk County in July 2019.

DrydenWire.com reported on July 12, 2019, that James Barnes-Morris of Grantsburg, WI and Nicholas Mulroy of Siren, WI were both facing felony charges following the incident during which two juveniles were allegedly robbed at gunpoint.


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A criminal complaint filed in Polk County Circuit Court stated that Mulroy and Barnes-Morris gave a ride to a juvenile and stole several hundred dollars cash from the juvenile.

At the time of the incident, the Amery Police Department issued a statement indicating that they were seeking other individuals who may have been involved in the incident, but at the time of this post online circuit court records did not show additional charges filed regarding the incident.

Charges of Class C Felony Armed Robbery (Party to a Crime), Class H Felony False Imprisonment (Party to a Crime) were filed against Mulroy.

Nicholas Mulroy of Siren, WI


At a recent hearing the Court sentenced Mulroy on an amended charge of Robbery by Threat of Force, ordering a 6 year imposed and stayed sentence: 3 years initial confinement and 3 years of extended supervision. Mulroy will serve 4 years of probation with conditions including 1 year of jail time, subject to work release. Conditions of probation will also require Mulroy to undergo an Alcohol and Other Drug Assessment and comply with recommendations. Mulroy’s charge of False Imprisonment was dismissed and read-in at a hearing in may 2020.

James Barnes-Morris of Grantsburg, WI


Barnes-Morris was charged with Class C Felony Armed Robbery (Party to a Crime), Class H Felony False Imprisonment (Party to a Crime), and Class H Felony Strangulation and Suffocation. In February 2020, the Court ordered a 10 year imposed and stayed sentence for Barnes-Morris with 5 years initial confinement, 5 years of extended supervision, 5 years of probation and 6 months of conditional jail time subject to work release/mental health release on an amended charge of Robbery With Threat of Force. The remaining charges against him were dismissed but read in.

Online circuit court records show that additional criminal complaints were recently filed against both Mulroy and Barnes-Morris for methamphetamine related charges stemming from incidents occurring in June 2020. Details are not known on those new incidents, however, both men are serving their conditional jail time and are scheduled to have further court appearances on those new charges.

If convicted of the new charges, both men might then have to serve the full imposed and stayed sentences that the Court ordered on the original convictions.



Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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