A Webster, WI man was sentenced on June 15, 2017, in Burnett County Circuit Court to 7 years of confinement in State Prison for a conviction of Aggravated Battery – Intentionally Cause Great Bodily Harm, with the Penalty Enhancer of a Crime Against an Elderly or Disabled Person.

Jacob Widmyer, of Webster, WI, was originally charged with Class F Felony Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, Class H Felony Aggravated Battery of an Elderly Person, Class H Felony Strangulation and Suffocation, Class H Felony False Imprisonment, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Misdemeanor Resisting an Officer.

According to public record, Widmyer's other charges were dismissed but read in by the Court for consideration in his sentence. 

Widmyer's charges stemmed from an incident in which he assaulted his grandmother causing broken bones in her face, including shattered eye sockets and lacerations on her face, arms, neck, and inside of her mouth from a savage beating. When law enforcement made contact with the victim, she was found to be covered in blood and her face was extremely swollen. The victim's right eye was swollen shut and her left eye was barely open. Her lips were massively swollen. The victim required surgery to treat her injuries.

Widmyer will serve 7 years of confinement, followed by 7 years of extended supervision by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Probation & Parole. The Court gave Widmyer credit for 415 days already served in confinement.

Widmyer was also ordered by the Court to undergo a chemical dependency assessment either while in prison, or upon release if one is not completed in prison; he must obtain his GED and get full-time employment; he must pay restitution in the amount of $3,494.53; participate in the Restorative Justice program, and undergo a mental health evaluation.


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Webster Man Facing Charges of Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 | by Ben Dryden

A Webster, WI man is charged in Burnett County Circuit Court with Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide of his grandmother.

According to the criminal complaint, on April 27, 2016, the Burnett County Sheriff's Department was dispatched because of an anonymous call that came in reporting that a woman was heard yelling “let go of my arm”. When deputies arrived at the residence in the Village of Webster, they heard two voices coming from inside the residence, one male, and one female. The male told the female to lay down and not move. The male voice also stated, “tell them your cousin did this”. Deputies asked the female to come to the door, but she stated that she could not because she was hurt.

When deputies made contact with the female, she was found to be covered in blood and her face was extremely swollen. The victim's right eye was swollen shut and her left eye was barely open. Her lips were massively swollen. A deputy helped the victim get out of the residence through a window because she said that she could not go to the door of the residence because her assailant said he was going to kill her. The victim identified her assailant as her grandson, Jacob Widmyer and said that he stated he would die before going to jail. The victim told deputies that Widmyer struck her with his fists.

Deputies reportedly had to introduce gas into the residence to induce Widmyer to exit the residence.

The criminal complaint goes on to state that deputies found that the victim had sustained broken bones in her face, including shattered eye sockets and lacerations on her face, arms, neck, and inside of her mouth from a savage beating. The victim required surgery to treat her injuries.

The victim stated to deputies that Widmyer had come into her room shortly after midnight, demanding money. When she refused to give him money, he began to argue with her. The victim told Widmyer that she was going to call 911, and he then grabbed the phone from her. The victim said that after that Widmyer proceeded to punch her in the face repeatedly with closed fists, drag her around the room by her hair and strangle her.

During a search of the residence, deputies discovered drug paraphernalia and Psilocybin Mushrooms, which were identified as belonging to Widmyer.

Widmyer is charged with Class F Felony Attempted 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, Class H Felony Aggravated Battery of an Elderly Person, Class H Felony Strangulation and Suffocation, Class H Felony False Imprisonment, Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Misdemeanor Resisting an Officer.

Widmyer was scheduled to appear in Burnett County Circuit Court on May 5, 2017, for a sentencing hearing, however, public record shows that when he appeared, in custody, his attorney made a request for a continuance which Judge Kenneth Kutz granted. A sentencing hearing is now scheduled for June 15, 2017.


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