SHELL LAKE -- A man convicted of felony auto theft in Washburn County has been sentenced to serve 2 ½ years in prison.

David L. Boswell appeared in Washburn County Circuit Court on September 25, 2017, to be sentenced on his conviction for Felony Take & Drive a Vehicle Without Owner's Consent.

Online circuit court records show that the Court ordered Boswell to serve 2 ½ years of initial confinement in state prison on his conviction, followed by 2 ½ years of extended supervision by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, Probation & Parole. Boswell did receive credit for 195 days of time already served.

Boswell's charges stem from an incident on September 9, 2016, when he stole a vehicle from outside the Washburn County Courthouse following his release from the Washburn County Jail. Boswell had been arrested by the Wisconsin State Patrol that morning and booked into the jail. The vehicle which was stolen belonged to an employee of the Washburn County Sheriff's office.

DrydenWire.com reported on the incident at the time, which involved a Lac Court Oreilles (LCO) Tribal Police Officer engaging in a high-speed pursuit in an attempt to apprehend Boswell. Boswell was later located in March 2017 and has remained in custody since that time.

The Court ordered Boswell to pay restitution to the Washburn County Sheriff's Office in the amount of $255.00 as well as restitution from a separate case filed against Boswell in the amount of $25.98 to the Holiday South convenience store located in Spooner, WI. Upon release from state prison, Boswell will not be allowed to consume or possess any controlled substances or alcohol.

Boswell was also sentenced for a conviction of OWI 2nd in a third case filed against him in Washburn County Circuit Court. The Court ordered a sentence of 10 days county jail for that conviction, to be served concurrently with his sentence on the felony auto theft conviction. Additionally, Boswell was ordered to undergo an Alcohol and Drug Assessment and pay a fine of $1,429.

According to online circuit court records, Boswell still faces additional criminal charges in cases filed against him in Sawyer County Circuit Court.


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Man Pleads Guilty to Shell Lake Auto Theft; Set to be Sentenced

Friday, July 7, 2017 | by Ben Dryden

SHELL LAKE, Wis. -- David L. Boswell has plead guilty to Felony Take & Drive a Vehicle Without Owner's Consent in Washburn County Circuit Court, according to public record.

Boswell appeared in Washburn County Circuit Court on July 6, 2017, and plead guilty to Class H felony Take & Drive a Vehicle Without Owner's Consent as well as a charge of Misdemeanor Operating While Intoxicated 2nd Offense (OWI).

Boswell was also charged with Operating with Restricted Controlled Substance, Operating While Revoked, and Fraud on a Gas Station. Those charges were dismissed but read in by the Court for consideration in Boswell's sentence.

The criminal charges against Boswell were filed in Washburn County Circuit Court after an incident in which he took a vehicle which was parked outside the Washburn County Courthouse in Shell Lake, WI. Boswell had been arrested by the Wisconsin State Patrol for OWI and booked into the Washburn County Jail on September 9, 2016, according to the criminal complaint.

Boswell was allegedly caught on surveillance cameras in Stone Lake, WI after attempting to cash a check belonging to the owner of the stolen vehicle. A Lac Court Oreilles (LCO) Tribal Police Officer engaged in a high-speed pursuit of Boswell in Sawyer County but was not able to take him into custody. The vehicle was later found abandoned on the LCO Reservation in Sawyer County.

Arrest warrants were issued for Boswell by Washburn County Circuit Court and in March of 2017, he appeared on those warrants, while in custody. The Court set a $10,000 cash bond for Boswell on March 14, 2017, and he has remained in custody since that time.

Public record indicates that Boswell still faces further criminal charges in Sawyer County Circuit Court for Misdemeanor Bail Jumping, Misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct, and 2 Counts of Misdemeanor Operating While Revoked. Those cases have active arrest warrants.

Boswell could face a maximum sentence of 6 years imprisonment or a $10,000 fine or both for his conviction of Class H Felony Take & Drive a Vehicle Without Consent. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for September 25, 2017.


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Jury Trial Scheduled for Man Charged With Auto Theft in Washburn County

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | by Ben Dryden

A jury trial has been scheduled for a man charged with auto theft in Washburn County.

David L. Boswell was charged with Class H Felony Take and Drive Vehicle Without Consent in Washburn County Circuit Court after an investigation in September of 2016 resulted in the Washburn County Sheriff's Office identifying Boswell as the individual who stole a vehicle from the Washburn County Courthouse parking lot. 

Arrest warrants had been issued by Washburn County Circuit Court for Boswell and he appeared on those in March 2017.

According to public record, David Boswell appeared in Washburn County Circuit Court on Monday, April 17, 2017, and entered a not guilty plea on all his criminal charges in Washburn County.

Boswell's attorney filed a speedy trial demand and there is a jury trial set for July on Boswell's felony charge of Taking and Driving a Vehicle Without Consent.

Boswell is also charged in Washburn County Circuit Court with Operating While Intoxicated, 2ndOffense, Operating While Revoked, and Operating with Restricted Controlled Substance, 2nd Offense as well as Fraud on a Gas Station (a non-criminal offense).

DrydenWire.com reminds our readers that individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until convicted by a judge or jury.


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Motion to Modify Bail Bond Denied in Felony Auto Theft Case

Monday, March 27, 2017 | by Ben Dryden

David Boswell, previously wanted by law enforcement authorities for stealing a county employee's vehicle, has had his motion to modify his bail bond in Washburn County denied by the Court. Boswell continues to remain under the condition of $10,000 cash bail bond set on March 14, 2017.

David Boswell appeared in Washburn County Circuit Court on March 22, 2017. Public record shows that the Court heard testimony regarding Boswell's felony charge of taking and driving a vehicle without owner's consent and found that there is probable cause for the State of Wisconsin to proceed on that case against Boswell.

Boswell also entered a plea of not guilty with the Court on his criminal misdemeanor charges of Operating While Intoxicated (2nd offense); Operating While Revoked; and Operate with Restricted Controlled Substance (2nd offense) and an amended charge of Fraud on Gas Station, a county ordinance violation.

The criminal cases in Sawyer County Circuit Court against Boswell are still open as well, charging him with Disorderly Conduct, Misdemeanor Bail Jumping, and Operating While Revoked.

DrydenWire.com reminds our readers that individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until convicted by a judge or jury.


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Wanted Man in Custody After Stealing County Employee's Vehicle

Monday, March 20, 2017 | by Ben Dryden

A man wanted by the Washburn County Sheriff's Office is now in custody and faces criminal charges in Washburn County.

An arrest warrant was issued by Washburn County Circuit Court for David Boswell, of Hayward, WI on September 15, 2016, after he was identified as the individual who stole a vehicle from the Washburn County Courthouse parking lot on September 9, 2016. The Washburn County District Attorney's Office filed a charge of Taking & Driving a Vehicle Without Owner's Consent, a Class H Felony, against Boswell on September 15, 2016.

The Washburn County Sheriff's Office told DrydenWire.com that Minnesota law enforcement originally picked up Boswell and that Washburn County authorities were waiting for the extradition process to finalize so that the Washburn County Sheriff's Office could bring Boswell back to Wisconsin to face his criminal charges here in Washburn County. That process was completed late last week and Boswell was transported to the Washburn County Jail.

According to the criminal complaint, Boswell had been arrested by the Wisconsin State Patrol on the morning of September 9, 201, and following his release from the Washburn County Jail, Boswell was observed by employees on the first floor of the Courthouse attempting to access vehicles in the Courthouse parking lot.

The theft of the vehicle was reported to the Washburn County Sheriff's Office by the owner, an employee of the Washburn County Sheriff's Office. At that time, the victim of the vehicle theft also advised the Sheriff's Office that a handgun was inside the vehicle at the time it was stolen.

The complaint continues stating that the victim of the vehicle theft received a message on September 9, 2016 from an employee of the Shell Lake State Bank in Stone Lake, WI asking if a check belonging to him had been stolen as an unidentified man had just attempted to cash a check belonging to the vehicle owner.

The Washburn County Sheriff's Office investigated the theft of the vehicle and obtained surveillance photographs from Shell Lake State Bank in Stone Lake, WI which identified Boswell as the individual attempting to cash the check. Surveillance photos from the Stone Lake branch of the Shell Lake State Bank also showed the victim's vehicle at that bank on September 9, 2016.

A Lac Court Oreilles (LCO) Tribal Police Officer later engaged in a high-speed pursuit of the stolen vehicle in Sawyer County, which DrydenWire.com reported on at the time:

  

On Friday, September 9th, 2016, a stolen vehicle out of Washburn County was pulled over on Hwy K on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation. The suspect fled and a high-speed chase ensued. The pursuit of the vehicle continued into the Drytown community on the Reservation. It is believed that the vehicle was abandoned on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation and the suspect fled into the woods. The vehicle was reportedly stolen from the parking lot of the Washburn County Sheriffs Office/Courthouse. At that time it is also believed that the Drytown community was put in a lockdown and residents were advised to lock their doors. Washburn County dispatched an airplane to aid in the search. Airplanes and a helicopter remained in the air till dark. SWAT was activated and a manhunt continued into the night. As of this the time of this post, Mr. Boswell is not in custody. Calls to the Washburn County Sheriff's Office and the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department were not immediately returned.

The vehicle was later found abandoned on the LCO reservation in Sawyer County. The handgun was not found with the vehicle. Law enforcement conducted a search for Boswell, but did not locate him at that time.

Arrest warrants were also issued in November 2016 by Washburn County Circuit Court in relation to further charges against Boswell including Misdemeanor Retail Theft, and Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence of an Intoxicant as well as Operating While Revoked.

Public record shows that Boswell appeared in court for a bail bond hearing in Washburn County Circuit Court on March 14, 2017. The Court canceled all warrants and set a $10,000 cash bail bond for Boswell. 

According to public record, Sawyer County Circuit Court still has arrest warrants active for Boswell on criminal charges of Disorderly Conduct, Misdemeanor Bail Jumping, and Operating While Revoked.

DrydenWire.com reminds our readers that individuals charged with a crime are presumed innocent until convicted by a judge or jury.


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Man Wanted on Felony Auto Theft in Washburn County

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 | by Ben Dryden

Charges of Felony Auto Theft have been filed in Washburn County Circuit Court against David L. Boswell, Jr. resulting from an incident when a vehicle was stolen from Shell Lake, WI in September 2016.

DrydenWire.com first reported on the incident in which deputies from the Washburn County Sheriff's Office were assisted by the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department in the chase of the stolen vehicle and the subsequent investigation.

The vehicle was discovered abandoned on the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation. Officers confirmed that Boswell had taken the vehicle and according to public record, charges were filed on September 15, 2016, for Taking and Driving a Vehicle Without Owner's Consent, a Class H Felony. A warrant was issued that same day by Washburn County Circuit Court for Boswell's arrest.

Boswell also faces charges in Washburn County for Misdemeanor Retail Theft and Operating a Motor Vehicle while Under the Influence of an Intoxicant as well as Operating While Revoked.

In Sawyer County, WI, Boswell is charged with Disorderly Conduct, Misdemeanor Bail Jumping, and Operating While Revoked.

There are active warrants for Boswell's arrest on all his pending charges in both Washburn County and Sawyer County.

According to public record, Boswell was convicted in Minnesota in March of 2016 for theft of movable property, and in June of 2011 for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon.

If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of David L. Boswell, Jr., they should contact the Washburn County Sheriff's Office at 715-468-4700 or the Sawyer County Sheriff's Department at 715-634-5213.


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