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WASHBURN COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced Delayna York, the third of five people that were charged criminally following a series of storage unit burglaries in Washburn County.

Five people were charged criminally following a lengthy investigation by law enforcement into a series of reported burglaries that occurred early in 2020.

At least 7 storage unit facilities in Washburn County were burglarized. Door handles and padlocks on multiple units were cut or even replaced. Many items were stolen from the units including firearms, fishing equipment and supplies, hunting equipment and supplies, power tools, propane tanks, chainsaw, welders, generators, golf clubs, ice shack, ice auger, ladders, vehicle titles, birth certificates, photo albums, china, jewelry, and other collectibles.

Law enforcement’s investigation identified the burglary suspects as Shaun Johnson, Sarah Kowarsch, Keith Velasco, Delayna York, and Samantha Okonek, and criminal charges were filed against all five.

Delayna York was charged in Washburn County Circuit Court with 9 counts of Class F Felony Conspiracy to Commit Burglary of Building-Dwelling, and one count of Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing an Officer filed against her in 10 different complaints.

York appeared most recently on June 1, 2022, for a sentencing hearing on two convictions of Class F Felony Conspiracy to Commit Burglary of Building-Dwelling. The remaining charges against York were dismissed but read in. The Hon. Angeline Winton ordered York to serve a withheld sentence with 4 years of probation on each conviction.

Conditions of probation require York to maintain absolute sobriety and prohibit her from possessing or consuming any controlled substances or alcohol. She will also be prohibited from having any contact with the co-defendants also charged regarding the storage unit burglaries or anyone using or dealing with illegal substances. The Court also ordered that York may not be anywhere that sells any controlled substances with the exception of approved employment purposes and she must keep gainful employment. York is also prohibited from having any contact with any of the victims or the storage units.

Sarah Kowarsch is charged in Washburn County Circuit Court with 9 counts of Class F Felony Conspiracy to Commit Burglary of Building-Dwelling, and 1 count of Class F Felony Burglary of Building-Dwelling filed against her in 10 different criminal complaints. She is scheduled to appear on June 8, 2022, for a sentencing hearing.

Kowarsch was previously sentenced in Barron County Circuit Court on 1 count of Class F Felony Burglary Building-Dwelling (Party to a Crime). The Court ordered a 10-year imposed and stayed prison sentence with 5 years of probation. If probation should be revoked, Kowarsch will face 5 years of initial confinement in state prison followed by 5 years of extended supervision. Conditions of probation will require Kowarsch to maintain absolute sobriety, and complete any and all evaluations, counseling, treatment, and follow-up recommended by her Probation Agent.

Kowarsch was previously sentenced in Burnett County Circuit Court on multiple cases which charged her with burglary, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of burglarious tools. She was ordered to serve two prison sentences at the same time: 3 years of initial confinement in state prison for one conviction of Class F Felony Burglary Building-Dwelling (Party to a Crime) and 1.5 years of confinement for a conviction of Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine (Party to a Crime). She will serve 3 years of extended supervision following the completion of that sentence.

Kowarsch also received two imposed and stayed prison sentences for 9 years each on convictions in Burnett County for two counts of Class F Felony Burglary Building-Dwelling (Party to a Crime) and a 6 year imposed and stayed prison sentence on one count of Class H Felony Bail Jump. She is to serve 5 years of probation on those convictions following the completion of her imposed sentence for the initial burglary conviction. Should this probation be revoked, Kowarsch will face 5 years of additional confinement in state prison followed by 4 years of extended supervision. The remainder of the charges against her in Burnett County were dismissed but read in.

Shaun Johnson is charged in Washburn County Circuit Court with 9 counts of Class F Felony Conspiracy to Commit Burglary of Building-Dwelling; Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine; Misdemeanor Possession of THC; 5 counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia filed;  and Class C Felony Possess with Intent Amphetamine (>50g), and Class H Felony Bail Jumping. Johnson is scheduled to appear on June 15, 2022, for a sentencing hearing.

Johnson was previously sentenced in Burnett County Circuit Court on multiple felony cases which charged him with burglary, possession of meth, and possession of burglarious tools. The Court ordered a 7-year imposed and stayed sentence for Johnson on a conviction for 1 count of Class F Felony Burglary Building-Dwelling (Party to a Crime) with 1 year of conditional jail time and 5 years of probation. Johnson also received a sentence of 1-year confinement in jail, to be served at the same time as his conditional jail for the burglary conviction, for a conviction of Class I Felony Possession of Methamphetamine (Party to a Crime). The remaining charges filed against him in Burnett County Circuit Court were dismissed but read in.

In March 2022 the Court accepted a 3-year Deferred Conviction Agreement for Samantha Okonek Class F Felony Conspiracy to Commit Burglary of Building-Dwelling. Details of the conditions of the agreement are not listed in online court records. The Court also accepted Okonek’s plea of guilty to a charge of Misdemeanor Possession of THC, Party to a Crime, and ordered Okonek to serve 1 year of probation, maintain absolute sobriety, and pay costs. Okonek received credit for 2 days of confinement in jail already served, and 185 days of treatment completed. The remaining charges against her were dismissed but read in.

Keith Velasco was previously sentenced in January 2022, and received a 6-year imposed and stayed prison sentence on each of two convictions for Class F Felony Conspiracy to Commit Burglary of Building-Dwelling with 5 years of probation to be served concurrently. If Velasco’s probation should be revoked, he will face 3 years of initial confinement followed by 3 years of extended supervision. Velasco also received credit for 172 days of confinement in county jail. His remaining charges were dismissed but read in.


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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