State Crime and Court Roundup: Fond du Lac woman sentenced to prison for trying to kill her daughterWisconsin News
-- A Fond du Lac woman has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for trying to kill her six-year daughter, at the same time the woman was trying to take her own life.
FOND DU LAC - A Fond du Lac woman has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for trying to kill her six-year daughter, at the same time the woman was trying to take her own life. 26-year-old Kenna Bowe cried as her sentence was handed down yesterday. She pleaded no contest in September to attempted homicide, and a charge of reckless endangerment was dropped in a plea deal. Prosecutors said Bowe gave her daughter a dozen sleeping pills, and then took similar pills herself. Defense lawyer Mary Wolfe said Bowe was fighting through mental health issues, but things fell apart. Authorities said she tried killing her child because she didn’t want to leave her behind – and she did not want the child to believe that Bowe’s impending suicide was the youngster’s fault.
Two brothers from Argyle have each been charged with a fourth count of homicide, for the death of an unborn child in a house fire they allegedly set. Armin and Jeremy Wand were already charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide in Lafayette County, after three of Armin’s children died in their burning home on September seventh. Authorities said Armin’s wife Sharon had severe burns as she ran away from the fire – and doctors at U-W Hospital in Madison said the child she was carrying died a few hours after the blaze. Wisconsin adopted a fetal homicide law 24 years ago, which makes it a felony to cause the death of an unborn child or the infant’s mother. Both defendants are also charged with attempted homicide in connection with Sharon’s injuries, and the safe escape of the couple’s two-year-old daughter during the blaze. 32-year-old Armin Wand the Third and his 18-year-old brother Jeremy are both due to enter pleas next Wednesday. Their lawyers have asked that their possible trials be heard by juries from outside the Madison T-V market, due to heavy publicity about the case in that region.
A former Milwaukee public school teacher has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for using two identities to get 65-thousand-dollars in student loans and false income tax refunds. 43-year-old Shurone Nash pleaded guilty in July to federal charges of wire fraud and filing fraudulent tax returns. At the time, she told Judge Charles Clevert that she earned her doctorate in education. But as it turned out, she had only pursued the degree – and at her sentencing yesterday, Clevert called her out for lying to him. As the judge put it, “This case revolves around one’s obligation to be candid … I’m very disturbed.” Nash’s lawyer sought only probation. But Judge Clevert said it would have sent a message to others that quote, “the truth doesn’t really matter.” Besides the prison time, Nash must also spend two years under supervision when she’s released. Nash was a special education teacher in the Milwaukee Public Schools from 1997-to-2008. Prosecutors said she obtained loans and grants to attend five different schools using both her maiden name of Nash and her married name of Goodlow – and she also used both identities when filing her tax returns.
A Dane County woman is charged with two counts of felony child neglect, after her two-year-old daughter died from drinking gasoline and her four-year-old son got sick from it. Sheriff’s detectives were planning to arrest 35-year-old Connie Hartmann of Marshall yesterday – but she was taken into custody just after midnight yesterday for a domestic incident at her home. A warrant in the child neglect case had been issued by that time. Online records do not indicate when she’ll appear in court. Authorities said Hartmann’s daughter was found unconscious in a car last May, and her brother got sick. He told a doctor that he and the girl locked themselves in the vehicle and drank gasoline. The boy has been in foster care since the incident. Prosecutors quoted Hartmann as saying she would often pass out or need to take naps in the afternoons – and it forced the kids to be unattended for up to three hours at a time. She also faces possible charges of disorderly conduct and battery for the domestic incident.
The owner and manager of an apartment complex in La Crosse have agreed to pay over 57-thousand-dollars to settle a federal discrimination suit. The U-S Justice Department said the manager of Geneva Terrace told prospective black renters that apartments were not available, while telling white renters that they were available. Justice officials said the defendants will pay 47-thousand-500 to a black couple who was turned away for an apartment, even though the building had signs advertising vacancies. The Geneva Terrace owner and manager must also pay a civil penalty of 10-thousand dollars.