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Court of Appeals upholds Krauss verdict

A state appellate court has upheld the verdict against a former Pierce County man convicted of sexual assault, along with other felonies.

Paul Krauss, 43, was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault with use of force, second-degree recklessly endangering safety, false imprisonment, knowingly violating a domestic abuse injunction and bail jumping in March 2007. He was sentenced to 24 years prison and 13 years extended supervision in July 2007.

Krauss originally appealed the verdict, saying the circuit court "erroneously exercised its sentencing discretion" and his trial counsel provided ineffective assistance (he later retracted the ineffective assistance claim).

The District 3 Court of Appeals, in its ruling March 9, affirmed the verdict and convictions, saying Trempealeau Circuit Court Judge John Damon, who handed down the sentence, properly set forth his reasons for the sentencing, addressing Krauss' character, the gravity of the offense and the need to protect the public.

In addition, the court ruled the length of the sentence was well within limits, as Krauss could have easily been sentenced the maximum sentence (56 years).

"Considering the sentencing factors the circuit court discussed and the record as a whole, we are not persuaded Krauss's minimally-developed argument overcomes the presumption," the court concluded.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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