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Prescott man gets five years prison for multiple felonies

John Paul Lubich’s past caught up to him Wednesday. 

The 24-year-old Prescott native sat in Pierce County Circuit Court awaiting his sentence after pleading guilty to five felonies from three different incidents over a two-year span.

While his attorney argued for Lubich to get one last chance, Judge Joseph Boles was not in a lenient mood, as he sentenced Lubich to five years prison and five years extended supervision upon release.

“There is no doubt you need treatment,” Boles said. He also told Lubich “you have to change your friends for you to be successful.”


Two of the three incidents were OWI charges from 2013, his fourth and fifth, respectively. The other incident happened last February, which led to nine felonies being charged against him.

According to the complaint, law enforcement were notified in the early morning hours of Feb. 7 by a tenant in the apartment complex on Shane Park Circle who called 911 due to what was believed a domestic dispute between a male and female next door.

Prescott Police was the first to respond, but asked for assistance from the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department as the male, identified as Lubich, had fled.

Within minutes, his vehicle was found, and as they attempted a traffic stop, he fled again.

Lubich was traveling eastbound on 570th Avenue when sheriff’s officers caught up to him again and had him boxed in. Lubich tried driving forward, but ran into Sgt. Pete Koch’s squad car. As Lubich backed up, he ran into Deputy Andy Thoms’s car as he tried to flee. Lubich pulled away from Thoms’ car and tried to escape. As he was doing so, Thoms, to avoid being hit, had to dive into a snowbank.

Lubich’s last move proved unsuccessful, as the car got stuck in snow, where he was eventually arrested.

As a result, he was charged with two counts of recklessly endangering safety, two counts of criminal damage to highway/vehicle, his sixth OWI, three counts of felony bail jumping and one count of vehicle operator to flee/elude officer. He pled guilty to one count of endangering safety, bail jumping and the OWI as part of an agreement.

For more please read the May 7 print version of the Herald. 

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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