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Baum sentenced to six years in prison

A Maiden Rock woman was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to six years in prison for homicide by vehicle use of controlled substance.

Kristin Baum, 20, was traveling eastbound on 160th Ave. in the Town of Maiden Rock June 21, 2006, when she crossed the center line and struck Gladys Jakes, 64, head-on, who died as a result of those injuries.

A blood sample on Baum found that she had methamphetamine in her system at the time of the crash, thereby resulting in the substance charge. Furthermore, Pierce County Sheriff's investigators found that marijuana, methamphetamine, medication to treat excessive sleepiness and drug paraphernalia in her vehicle.

"She's had the ability to make good and bad choices," explained Pierce County Circuit Court Judge Robert Wing, in describing his sentence, "And she hasn't exercised the ability to make good choices since she's 14.

"That makes her a risk to the public."

Court records show that Baum's driving privileges were revoked at the time of the accident and that she's never had a valid driver's license in Wisconsin.

After the six years in state prison, Baum will then be placed on extended supervision for five years. Some of the conditions she must follow include no drugs and alcohol, obtain a GED and complete an alcohol and drug assessment.

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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