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Man gets six-year sentence for battery with weapon

Charles Watkins, 38, Valley City, Ohio, was sentenced to three years confinement plus three years extended supervision Thursday in Pierce County Circuit Court for his involvement in an April 24 battery with weapon incident in Prescott.

According to testimonies and the criminal complaint, in the early morning that day, Glenn Moe went outside of the residence of 1764 Jewell St., where Watkins was waiting. After a brief exchange, Watkins pointed a gun at Moe's head and forced himself inside, where Kristina and Dave Kollasky, Moe's sister and brother-in-law, were. Watkins wanted to talk to Kristina Kollasky because the two had a history together.

When they found Kristina Kollasky, there was another exchange that led to Watkins shooting Moe in the neck. There was a struggle for control of the gun, which eventually Moe seized, thanks to the Kollaskys, who joined the struggle soon after. Dave Kollasky escorted Watkins out of the house and, during that time, Moe called 911. Investigators arrived within minutes and arrested Watkins.

In making the state's case, which called for either a 10-year confinement sentence plus five years extended supervision or five years confinement plus five years extended supervision, Pierce County District Attorney John O'Boyle emphasized how much planning Watkins did for this crime to show the seriousness of it.

"This took a lot of steps along the way," O'Boyle said, which included printing directions on how to get to Prescott from Ohio and driving about 12 hours non-stop to get to Prescott, aside from one stop to purchase another gun in case his first one didn't work.

"The risk of harm is severe due to Moe being shot," he said.

O'Boyle added that Watkins' original intent was to commit suicide in front of Moe and the Kollaskys.

Watkins' attorney, Aaron Nelson, highlighted Watkins' past, which included no prior criminal record, alcohol or drug issues.

"This is a one-time incredibly bad decision," Nelson said. "He takes responsibility for the decision he made."

Nelson was arguing for the pre-sentence investigation (PSI) to be followed through, which called for the three years confinement plus three years extended supervision.

Judge Robert Wing spoke and agreed with Nelson, feeling that with no negative history, which also included no domestic violence, the PSI was more than adequate.

Watkins will continue to serve the confinement portion in Dunn County Jail. He was originally charged with aggravated battery with intent for great bodily harm, false imprisonment, burglary --- armed with a dangerous weapon and aggravated battery.

The first charge got amended to aggravated battery with a dangerous weapon, to which he pleaded guilty in October. The other charges were dismissed.

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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