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Prosecution deferred for Winchester in gun incident

November 05, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

A Winchester man alleged of recklessly endangering public safety in October will have his sentence deferred in Vilas County Circuit Court. 

Matthew Wilson, 38, was in court last week on charges of felony second degree recklessly endangering safety and disorderly conduct with use of a dangerous weapon before Judge Neal Nielsen. 

According to court records, Vilas County deputies responded to a 911 call on Adelaide Lake just before midnight Sept. 30 where a suspect was shooting a firearm in the dark. Wilson told deputies he’d been staying at the Manitowish Waters Discovery Center, but had since been banned due to a “conflict with the owners.” He said he’d had threatening message on his phone and when he let his dog out that night, observed a vehicle driving erratically in the area so he shot his gun into the air as felt “extremely threatened and in fear for his safety.”

Represented by Attorney Ralph Koopman, Wilson had been jailed on a $15,000 cash bond. 

District attorney Martha Milanowski appeared for the state and relayed parties had come to a deferred prosecution agreement. As part of agreement, Wilson may not possess any firearms, not have contact with certain individuals or the Lakeland Discovery Center, its premises or employees. 

Wilson’s bond was amended to a $10,000 signature bond and was permitted to be released after the court received confirmation his father that arrangements have been made for him to travel to Illinois. 

A review hearing is slated for July 2020.

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