WASHBURN COUNTY — Dakota Gates, of Spooner, WI has been sentenced to prison terms for a conviction of Physical Abuse of a Child, as well as for prior convictions of Burglary, Battery by Prisoner, and Exposing Child to Harmful Materials.

DrydenWire.com reported on October 25, 2018, that Gates was facing criminal charges after Washburn County Health & Human Services and the Spooner Police Department received information that Gates had punched a female child.

When Officers located Gates, he did not immediately cooperate, instead allegedly threatening to harm the officers as well as himself.

Charges of Class G Felony Physical Abuse of Child - Intentionally Cause Great Bodily Harm, Class H Felony Threat to Law Enforcement Officer, Class I Felony Failure to Comply with Officer’s Attempt to Take Person Into Custody, and Misdemeanor Resisting an Officer were filed against Gates.

At a hearing in February 2019 Gates entered a plea of guilty to an amended charge of Class H Felony Physical Abuse of Child - Intentionally Cause Harm, and the Court accepted that plea. The remaining charges that had been filed against Gates in this case were dismissed but read in.

Online circuit court records show that at a recent hearing, the Court ordered a 2.5 year sentence of 1.5 years for Gates’ conviction of Class H Felony Physical Abuse of Child - Intentionally Cause Great Bodily Harm; 1.5 years of initial confinement in State Prison followed by 1 year of extended supervision. He also received credit for 184 days served.

According to online circuit court records, a hearing was held in April 2019 regarding revocation of Gates’ probation he was serving for convictions in three prior Washburn County Circuit Court criminal cases that had been filed in 2015 and 2017.

DrydenWire.com reported on April 30, 2018 that Gates was ordered to serve probation for his conviction in the burglary of the SPooner, WI iPlay store that occurred in April 2017. That probation was revoked after the charge of Physical Abuse of a Child was filed against Gates.

On April 17, 2019, the Court ordered Gates to serve a 7 year sentence on his conviction for the burglary of the iPlay store; 4 years of initial confinement in State Prison to be followed by 3 years of extended supervision.

The Court ordered a 5 year sentence for Gates on a conviction of Class H Felony Battery by Prisoners (also filed in 2017); 2 years of initial confinement in State Prison followed by 3 years of extended supervision. Details of this case are not known to DrydenWire.com.

Probation was also revoked on Gates’ conviction of Class I Felony Expose Child to Harmful Material in a case that had been filed against him in 2015; the Court ordered a 2 year sentence  for Gates with 1 year of initial confinement in State Prison and 1 year of extended supervision. Details of this case are not known to DrydenWire.com.

Online circuit court records indicate that Gates will serve his prison terms concurrently and that he received credit for 519 days served regarding the three older convictions.


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