Jury Trial Set for Man Charged with McKenzie Landing Stabbing Incident

Thursday, October 5, 2017 | by Ben Dryden |


Allen Thomas, the man charged with stabbing 2 victims in an incident which occurred at McKenzie Landing tavern in July 2016, is now scheduled to have a Jury Trial on his charges in May 2018.

Thomas is charged with two counts of Felony Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide and two counts of Felony Aggravated Battery.

According to the criminal complaint charging Thomas with Attempted Homicide and Aggravated Battery, one of the victims provided the Sheriff's Office with a description of the man who attacked them, and was later able to identify Thomas as his attacker from a double-blind six-person photo array.

Two other witnesses to the stabbing incident also picked out Thomas as the man who attacked the two male victims. Other witnesses told investigators that Thomas had been at McKenzie Landing on the night in question. Another individual stated to investigators that when he refused to go back to Thomas's cabin with him, Thomas stated that he was going to 'come back and kill everyone.'

The two victims had slice-type injuries across their throats, and were covered in blood when investigators made contact with them. They were transported from the scene by ambulance for medical care.

Thomas is also charged with 3 counts of Class H Felony Perjury Before Court, and 3 counts of Class H Felony Bail Jumping in a separate Burnett County Case based on circumstances in which telephone records were recovered by law enforcement which contradicted sworn testimony that Thomas provided at a hearing regarding the stabbing incident. Thomas also provided a written confession regarding the stabbing incident and then later filed a motion with the Court to Suppress his confession. At a hearing on May 26, 2017, the Court denied Thomas's Motion to Suppress his confession.

A third criminal case is filed in Burnett County Circuit Court charging Thomas with an additional count of Class H Felony Bail Jump, and in a Pierce County Circuit Court Case, Thomas is facing charges of Class G Felony Theft of Movable Property greater than $10,000.

Online circuit court records indicate that Thomas posted $10,000 cash bond and remains out of custody.

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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Perjury Charges Filed Against Man Charged With Attempted Homicide at McKenzie Landing

Thursday, June 29, 2017 | by Ben Dryden

Felony Perjury charges have been filed in Burnett County Circuit Court against a man already facing Attempted Homicide charges in Burnett County.

Allen Thomas, of Pepin, WI was charged in Burnett County Circuit Court in July 2016 with 2 counts of Class B Felony Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and 2 counts of Class E Felony Aggravated Battery following an incident on July 3rd, 2016, at the McKenzie Landing Bar and Restaurant in which Thomas allegedly used a knife to inflict cuts on the throats of two male victims.

Public record shows that on June 28, 2017, the Burnett County District Attorney's Office filed a new criminal complaint against Thomas charging him with 3 counts of Class H Felony Perjury Before Court, and 3 counts of Class H Felony Bail Jumping.

The criminal complaint states that Thomas has been charged with perjury due to telephone records produced by the Barron County Jail where he had been confined which contradict sworn testimony given by Thomas at a Motion Hearing on May 26, 2017, regarding his charges for Attempted Homicide and Aggravated Battery.

Thomas provided a written confession regarding his charges of Attempted Homicide and Aggravated Battery to law enforcement while he was being held at the Barron County Jail. He later filed a Motion to Suppress that written confession.

The criminal complaint further states that Thomas also presented to the Court that his Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel had been violated while he was confined at the Barron County Jail because he had not been able to consult with a defense attorney.

Thomas was called to the stand at the Motion Hearing on May 26, 2017 and testified under oath, stating that he could not get the jail telephone to work and that he was not able to speak with an attorney, and in fact, that he was made to understand that an attorney had attempted to reach him and was being prevented from speaking to him.

Phone records provided by the Barron County Jail contradict Thomas's testimony, showing that instead Thomas made a total of at least 18 phone calls to various parties while in custody at the Barron County Jail and spoke with 2 separate attorneys on 2 different days.

The information below regarding telephone calls made by Thomas while at the Barron County Jail was included in the criminal complaint filed against Thomas:

[DrydenWire has redacted some of the names]

  1. July 8, 2016. 3:08 p.m. Thomas Called Commissary
  2. July 8, 2016 3:19 p.m.-3:25 p.m. Thomas Called [Name Redacted]
  3. July 9, 2016 9.09 a.m. Thomas Called Commissary
  4. July 9, 2016 9:13 a.m. Thomas Called Commissary
  5. July 9, 2016 9:17 a.m. Thomas Called Commissary
  6. July 9, 2016 9:23 to 9:31 a.m. Thomas Called [Name Redacted]
  7. July 9, 2016 9:42 a.m. to 9:53 a.m. Thomas Called [Name Redacted]
  8. July 10, 2016 9:31 a.m. to 9:40 a.m. Thomas Called Attorney Loberg
  9. July 10, 2016 10:05 a.m. to 10:18 a.m. Thomas Called [Name Redacted]
  10. July 11, 2016 9:12 a.m. to 9:21 a.m. Thomas Called an Employee
  11. July 11, 2016 9:23 a.m. Thomas Called Commissary
  12. July 12, 2016 9:13 a.m. Thomas Called Commissary
  13. July 12, 2016 9:22 a.m. to 9:29 a.m. Thomas Called [Name Redacted]
  14. July 12, 2016 4:16 p.m. to 4:24 p.m. Thomas Called Attorney Nelson
  15. July 13, 2016 9:02 a.m. Thomas Called Commissary
  16. July 13, 2016 9:07 a.m. Thomas Called Commissary
  17. July 13, 2016 9:11 a.m. Thomas Called [Name Redacted]
  18. July 13, 2016 9:23 – 9:38 a.m. Thomas Called [Name Redacted]

The Court denied Thomas's Motion to Suppress his confession and ordered that Defense must file a Specific Motion regarding 6th Amendment Right Violations by June 28, 2017, if such a Motion were to be considered by the Court.

According to the criminal complaint charging Thomas with Attempted Homicide and Aggravated Battery, one of the victims provided the Sheriff's Office with a description of the man who attacked them, and was later able to identify Thomas as his attacker from a double-blind six-person photo array. Two other witnesses to the stabbing incident also picked out Thomas as the man who attacked the two male victims. Other witnesses told investigators that Thomas had been at McKenzie Landing on the night in question. Another individual stated to investigators that when he refused to go back to Thomas's cabin with him, Thomas stated that he was going to 'come back and kill everyone.'

The two victims had slice-type injuries across their throats and were covered in blood when investigators made contact with them. They were transported from the scene by ambulance for medical care.

The Burnett County District Attorney's Office filed charges against Thomas July 3, 2017, with a warrant for his arrest. Public record shows that Thomas appeared for a bail bond hearing 10 days later on July 13, and the Court set a $10,000 cash bond for Thomas which was posted on July 22, 2016.

On May 17, 2017, an additional criminal complaint was filed in Burnett County Circuit Court charging Thomas with 1 count of Class H Felony Bail Jumping, and on May 9, 2017, charges were filed against Thomas in Pierce County Wisconsin Circuit Court charging him with Class G Felony Theft of Movable Property with a Value Greater than $10,000. Details of these two criminal cases filed against Thomas are unknown to DrydenWire.com at this time.

Thomas appeared in Burnett County Circuit Court on June 28, 2017, for an initial appearance on his Felony Bail Jump charge. Public record indicates that Thomas was served with the criminal complaint charging him with Perjury and that he is scheduled to appear for those charges in September.


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MAN CHARGED W/ STABBING IN BURNETT CO. COURT UPDATE

By Ben Dryden - Thursday, Jul. 28, 2016

The man arrested for the stabbing incident which occurred at the McKenzie Landing Tavern in the Town of Scott, Burnett County on July 3rd, 2016 has now been charged criminally in Burnett County Circuit Court.

Criminal charges were filed on July 8th, 2016 in Burnett County Circuit Court against Allen G. Thomas of Pepin, WI including two counts of Felony Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide and two counts of Felony Aggravated Battery. These charges were filed with a warrant for Mr. Thomas's arrest. Mr. Thomas had a bail hearing in Burnett County Circuit Court on July 13th, 2016. A cash bail bond was set of $10,000.00, and Mr. Thomas remained in custody until July 22nd, 2016 when that bond amount was posted. Conditions of Mr. Thomas's bail include no contact with the victims of the charges filed and no possession any dangerous weapons including knives.

According to public record, the two victims of these charges both suffered slash wounds to their necks. An investigation by the Burnett County Sheriff's Office led to Mr. Thomas being twice identified as the suspect via a double-blind six-person photo array.

Mr. Thomas has an initial court appearance on these charges scheduled in Burnett County Circuit Court on August 10th, 2016. DrydenWire will continue to update the community on the progress of this case.

DrydenWire reported the incident at the time it occurred, see the details of the Burnett County Sheriff's Office Media Release below.


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ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION W/ STABBING IN BURNETT CO.

Press Release - Friday, Jul. 08, 2016

Town of Scott, Burnett County, WI - An arrest has been made in connection with an altercation that occurred on July 03, 2016 at the McKenzie Landing Tavern in the Town of Scott, which sent two men to the hospital with serious injuries.

On July 07, 2016 Burnett County investigators executed search warrants at locations in Burnett, Pepin, and Pierce Counties.

Allan Gene Thomas, 53 of Pepin, WI was taken into custody pursuant to an arrest warrant and has been charged by the Burnett County District Attorney with two counts of Attempted First Degree Intentional Homicide, and two counts of Aggravated Battery. Thomas is alleged to have attacked a 54-year old man and a 60-year old man with an edged weapon during this incident; causing a slash wound to each of the victim’s necks. If convicted, Thomas faces up to 60 years imprisonment on each Attempted Homicide charge, and up to 15 years imprisonment and a $50,000 fine on each Aggravated Battery charge. Thomas remains in jail at this time, and a date for a bond hearing has not been set.

Both victims have since been released from the hospital and are recovering at home.

Burnett County investigators were assisted by the Pepin County Sheriff’s Office and the Ellsworth Police Department in executing these search warrants.

No further information is being released at this time, and the investigation is ongoing. 

Chief Deputy Scott M. Burns


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INVESTIGATION ONGOING FOR STABBING IN BURNETT COUNTY

By Ben Dryden - Wednesday, Jul. 06, 2016

The Burnett County Sheriff's Office stated to DrydenWire today that the "investigation into this incident is ongoing, and no other information is being released at this time."

DrydenWire.com will update this story when more information becomes available.


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TWO STABBED IN BURNETT COUNTY; SUSPECT STILL @ LARGE

By Ben Dryden - Tuesday, Jul. 05, 2016

According to Burnett County Chief Deputy, Scott Burns, two individuals were stabbed at approximately 1:30 A.M. early Sunday morning near McKenzie Landing in Burnett County.

The victims were treated and have been released from the hospital.

At this point, Chief Deputy Burns states that the suspect is still at large, and that law enforcement is not limiting the search to just one person.

Burns also stated to DrydenWire that there may have been witnesses to this situation and encourages anyone with any information to contact the Burnett County Sheriff's Office and speak with a detective by calling 715-349-2121.


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