Homicide Charges Filed Against Barron Co. Man In Fatal Burnett Co. Crash

Criminal Complaint: 17-year-old stole vehicle and alcohol before the crash

Homicide Charges Filed Against Barron Co. Man In Fatal Burnett Co. Crash

BURNETT COUNTY —  An investigation into a fatal single-vehicle crash that occurred on September 15, 2019, in Burnett County, WI, has led to multiple felony charges for 17-year-old Jordan J. Matrious, of Cameron, WI.

DrydenWire.com reported on September 16, 2019, that the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office was investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash with assistance from the Wisconsin State Patrol, St. Croix Tribal Police Department, North Memorial Ambulance, Siren Fire Department, Burnett County Highway Department, and the Burnett County Medical Examiner’s Office. 

The crash occurred shortly before 6a on September 15, 2019, on State Road 70 at Clam Lake Drive and, according to a press release from the Burnett County Sheriff’s Office, the vehicle involved in the crash was believed to be stolen as well as being involved in a Barron County burglary.

Matthew Matrious, age 30, succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene. Emergency personnel utilized the Jaws of Life to free Matthew’s body from the crashed vehicle.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Jordan J. Matrious, of Cameron, WI, the nephew of the deceased Matthew Matrious, sustained only minor injuries. A juvenile female passenger also suffered injuries; her current condition is not known at this time to DrydenWire.com.

Jordan allegedly told Law Enforcement that he and Matthew had been drinking alcohol together that night. When the alcohol was gone, they decided to break into a store in Cameron, WI in Barron County and steal more alcohol according to the criminal complaint filed against Jordan.

Following the theft of the alcohol, Jordan stated that he and Matthew stole a family member’s vehicle and began driving to Danbury in Burnett County where the fatal crash occurred.

Jordan stated that “it was all my plan… I’m going to have to live with this for my life… no matter what happened, it was my plan," according to the complaint.

Multiple bottles of alcohol were collected from inside the vehicle, some of which were only partly full. An airsoft black pistol was also found inside the vehicle as well as numerous insulin needles on the floor of the vehicle.

Jordan and the juvenile female were transported to Spooner Hospital in Spooner, WI for medical care. The criminal complaint goes on to state that a test of Jordan’s blood showed that he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.164.

Jordan is charged with Class B Felony First Degree Reckless Homicide, Class D Felony Second Degree Reckless Homicide, Class D Felony Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle, and Class D Felony Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration. If convicted of all counts as charged, Jordan could face a maximum sentence of 135 years imprisonment.

In a separate case filed against Jordan in Barron County Circuit Court, he is charged with Class F Felony Burglary-Building or Dwelling, Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property, Misdemeanor Retail Theft - Intentionally Take (<=$500).

An Initial Appearance hearing is scheduled for Jordan in January 2020 on his Burnett County charges. He is set to appear in December for a preliminary examination hearing on his Barron County charges.


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.

Last Update: Dec 11, 2019 12:33 pm CST

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