BARRON COUNTY -- Curtis Strand, of Haugen, WI, has been convicted by Jury of 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide of his 3-month old infant in July 2017.
DrydenWire.com previously reported in November 2017 that Strand was facing charges following an investigation into the death of his 3-month old infant.
A press release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department stated that on July 9, 2017, the Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call reporting an infant that was not breathing. Two days later, on July 11, 2017, the infant was pronounced deceased. The subsequent investigation led to the arrest of the infant’s father, Curtis Strand.
Charges were filed against Strand in November 2017 and after many hearings, the case was set for Jury Trial, which began on January 6, 2020. The jury heard testimony from many witnesses, including law enforcement officers, medical personnel, and the medical examiner.
Jurors began deliberating shortly before 8:30a on January 10, 2020, and returned with a verdict shortly after 12:00p, according to online circuit court records.
Strand was found guilty of 2nd Degree Reckless Homicide and Misdemeanor Obstructing an Officer. The Court dismissed, with prejudice, a charge of 1st Degree Reckless Homicide.
The Court revoked Strand’s bail bond and he was remanded to the custody of the Sheriff.
A sentencing hearing will be scheduled, at which time the Court will determine Strand’s sentence.
Online circuit court records indicate that Strand is scheduled to have another Jury Trial later in January 2020 regarding a charge of Felony Bail Jumping filed against him in a separate Barron County Circuit Court case.
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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