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Second bank burglar gets three years probation

The second of two men charged for their role in burglarizing Hiawatha National Bank in Hager City last May was sentenced to three years probation.

Michael K. Schumann, 42, was sentenced Tuesday in Pierce County Circuit Court by Judge Robert Wing.

"He's had no alcohol or drug problems, which is unusual in cases like these," said Wing, explaining his sentencing, which included no further jail. "He has his GED and a history of steady employment."

Around 1 a.m. May 13, Pierce County Sheriff's Dispatch received an alarm call from HNB. Members of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department arrived on scene and were assisted by the Red Wing Police Department.

Upon arrival, they found Schumann and Roger Bugh, 40, attempting to steal money from an ATM machine located outside the bank's building.

The pair was arrested and both were charged with burglary, criminal damage to property, possession of burglarious tools and criminal damage to ATMs. Schumann, who was incarcerated since the incident, pled guilty in October to criminal damage to property and possession of burglarious tools. The other two charges were dismissed.

The main argument in the sentencing hearing was over jail time. Assistant District Attorney Bill Thorie explained that, while Schumann's criminal record is nothing compared to that of Bugh's (Bugh was sentenced in September to five years prison for his involvement in the burglary), Schumann was in possession of burglarious tools and, with the amount of damages sustained to the bank, which was over $18,000, additional jail time was necessary. Thorie was arguing for 18 months confinement, along with two years extended supervision.

Schumann's attorney, Shirlene Perrin, stated that, while he wasn't offering any excuses, he committed this act out of desperation, as he's been the sole custodian of his two children since their births and had run into financial difficulties. She also brought up the lack of alcohol and his history of stable employment.

While Wing agreed with Thorie on the usage of tools, he also highlighted key parts of Schumann's past.

"He's never been on probation and the agent believes he can succeed," Wing said. "He's had training and certification for heavy duty truck repair, which makes him employable. He's provided support for his two children and there's been no need for social services.

"I think probation is appropriate in this case."

Terms of the probation include no association with Bugh, provide DNA sample, abstain from the use of all mood-altering chemicals, including alcohol, and comply with any treatment ordered by the Department of Corrections.

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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