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Ellsworth man gets prison time for receiving stolen property

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Ellsworth Wisconsin 126 S. Chestnut St. 54011

A theme of amazement rang through the Kenneth Raechke sentencing hearing Thursday morning.

The 34-year-old Ellsworth native was being sentenced for two felony counts of receiving stolen property and bail jumping.

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"He likes to steal stuff for no good reason," said Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle, who later mentioned that Raechke's had a court record since 1988, when he was 15 years old.

"It's difficult to understand a thief that doesn't have a drug and alcohol history," said Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing.

"Given his track record," O'Boyle continued, "His lack of empathy and insight, prison would be appropriate. No counseling would solve it."

Wing agreed, sentencing Raechke to one year state prison and one year extended supervision for the stolen property and 18 months in prison and three years extended supervision for the bail jumping. He will be serving those terms concurrently.

For more read the Jan. 9 print version of the Herald.

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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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