WASHBURN COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced Joleen Hanson, of Spooner, WI, on her conviction in a case that originally charged her with Attempted Homicide and multiple other crimes.

On August 17, 2018 DrydenWire.com reported that Hanson had been arrested along with Robert Meyers on charges that they were attempting to kill a woman by poisoning her.

A criminal complaint filed in Washburn County Circuit Court stated that Hanson and Meyers had been attempting to poison Meyers’ wife over the course of a few months mixing items such as eye drops, antifungal cream, and ant poison into drinks that they would then serve to her.

Hanson and Meyers were living in the former Bob’s Auto located in Spooner, WI and during the investigation into the allegations of attempted poisoning, authorities discovered that they were providing unsanitary living conditions for Meyers’ wife and a minor child in the home; including allowing animal feces to accumulate and not providing sufficient food or safe shelter to the minor child.

After law enforcement made contact with the victim of the attempted poisoning and transported her for medical care, a search warrant was conducted at Bob’s Auto. During the execution of the search warrant, officers located numerous items of drug paraphernalia, nearly 150 grams of suspected marijuana, several grams of suspected marijuana seeds, and a bottle of eye drops.

Hanson told authorities that there was a ‘huge insurance policy’ on Meyers’ wife, and that Meyers said he loved her and would marry her after his wife was dead.

Hanson was charged with Class A Felony Attempt 1st Degree Intentional Homicide (Party to a Crime); Class I Felony Intentionally Subject an Individual at Risk to Abuse - Likely to Cause Bodily Harm, Misdemeanor Battery, and Misdemeanor Neglecting a Child (Specified Harm Did Not Occur).

In November 2019 the Court accepted Hanson’s plea of Guilty to an amended charge of Class D Felony 1st Degree Reckless Injury, Party to a Crime. A charge of Class F Felony Causing Mental Harm to Child was dismissed but read in. The remainder of Hanson’s original charges were dismissed, according to online circuit court records.

Joleen Hanson


A sentencing hearing was held for Hanson on May 15, 2020, and the Court ordered Hanson to serve a 10 year sentence with 4 years of initial confinement in state prison to be followed by 6 years of extended supervision. Hanson did receive credit for 646 days already served.

On February 24, 2020 Drydenwire.com reported that Meyers was sentenced on charges of Class I Felony Recklessly Subject an Individual at Risk to Abuse - Likely to Cause Great Bodily Harm; Class I Felony Manufacture/Deliver THC (<=200g), Possession with Intent to Deliver/Distribute a Controlled Substance On or Near a Youth Center, Distribution to Minors; Misdemeanor Possession of THC (marijuana); Misdemeanor Possess Drug Paraphernalia; and Misdemeanor Person Duty to Aid/Report Crime.

Robert Meyers


Meyers received an imposed and stayed sentence of 3 ½ years initial confinement followed by 2 years of extended supervision on each of his felony convictions with 9 years of probation and 8 months of county jail time on his misdemeanor convictions. The Court ordered credit for 564 days already served by Meyers.


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