A Shell Lake, WI man has been sentenced on his charges of auto theft stemming from an incident in August 2017.

William Souter, of Shell Lake, WI, was charged criminally in Washburn County Circuit Court with Class H Felony Take & Drive Vehicle Without Consent and Class A Misdemeanor Theft of Movable Property after he stole a vehicle at or near a Shell Lake business.

DrydenWire.com reported on August 28, 2017 that Souter had been arrested in Barron County after he stole the vehicle and took it to Barron County.

Although initial reports indicated that Souter may have been involved in a Hit-&-Run while driving the stolen vehicle, it is not known to DrydenWire.com if any charges were filed regarding that.

In May 2018, Souter entered a plea of Guilty to his charge of Class H Felony Take & Drive Vehicle Without Consent. His second charge of Class A Misdemeanor Theft of Movable Property was dismissed but read in.

According to online circuit court records, Souter appeared for a Sentencing hearing on July 30 in Washburn County Circuit Court, where the Court sentenced him to 6 months conditional jail time and 3 years probation. Conditions of Souter’s probation will require him to pay restitution of $250.


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Felony Auto Theft Charges Filed Against Shell Lake Man

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | by Ben Dryden

Felony charges of Take and Drive Vehicle Without Consent have been filed against a Shell Lake, WI man following an incident on August 28, 2017, in which he reportedly stole a vehicle in the city of Shell Lake, WI.

Online circuit court records show that William Souter, of Shell Lake, WI has been charged in Washburn County Circuit Court with Class H Felony Take & Drive Vehicle Without Consent and Class A Misdemeanor Theft of Movable Property.

DrydenWire.com reported on August 28, 2017, that Souter had been arrested after a vehicle was reported stolen from the City of Shell Lake, WI.

Souter was located near Cumberland, WI, in Barron County. Sources told DrydenWire.com that he was also involved in a Hit-and-Run before reportedly fleeing on foot. He was found and arrested shortly after.

Souter is scheduled to appear in Washburn County Circuit Court next week. At the time of this post, the only Barron County charges listed for Souter on online circuit court records are non-criminal traffic citations for Hit-and-Run – Property Adjacent to Highway and Failture to Notify Police of Accident, however Souter was booked into the Barron County Jail on possible criminal charges of Hit-and-Run and Resisting or Obstructing an Officer.

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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