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Warrants in several counties for local man

Murder weapon-related burglary, other charges for Mason

April 24, 2020 by Abigail Bostwick

Another arrest warrant has been issued for a Minocqua man who has not made required court appearances for several months now. 

Oneida County warrant

Dayna Mason, 30, Minocqua, first failed to appear for a two-day bench trial in Oneida County Circuit Court in December 2019 before Judge Michael Bloom and special state prosecutor attorney generals out of Madison. 

Mason had posted a $10,000 cash bond in October 2019 after he was charged in April 2018 with being part of a group felony burglary in Lake Tomahawk that included taking a gun later used to murder a Lac du Flambeau man in Iron County in December 2017. 

That felony burglary included charges for Mason of burglary with a dangerous weapon, theft of special facts and possess a firearm as a felon — all with party to a crime and habitual offender enhancers. Mason has been represented by public defender Richard Shawl.

When Mason did not appear for the bench trial in December 2019, Bloom authorized a body only warrant and his cash bond forfeited. Body only warrants are legal orders that direct the arresting officer to hold the person in custody until he/she can be seen before the judge who authorized the warrant. Shawl did not object to the decision and witnesses were released from the courtroom.

Also charged in the Lake Tomahawk burglary crime with similar charges were Joseph Cloud, 26; Richard Allen, 29, who was convicted of murder of Wayne Valliere, Jr., along with several others involved; as well as Buddy Maurice Big John, 23. 

In the Valliere homicide, arrested in connection with his shooting and beating murder, were Allen, Joseph Lussier, 28, James Lussier, 20, and Curtis Wolfe, 28, all formerly of Lac du Flambeau and Evan Oungst, 30, Arbor Vitae. Over the last two years, after each was charged with first degree intentional homicide as party to a crime and hiding a corpse, all have went to court and been sentenced on mostly amended charges and sent to respective prison terms around the state. Allen and Joseph Lussier were the only two to receive life terms without parole — both convicted of being the shooters as first degree homicide. 

Other Oneida County offenses

Mason is additionally charged with felony battery to a fellow jail inmate in Oneida County in April 2019. There, before he posted the $10,000 bond that fall, he was seen on jail video punching and kicking the victim. 

Then, in another Oneida County matter, Mason was charged later in 2019 with felony bail jumping as a habitual criminal — a felony for inciting on his bond that he’d be residing in Eagle River at a temporary living placement residence for those on probation and parole, but never showing up nor updating his residence, according to court documents. 

A warrant also is open on that case.

Further cases in 2019 against Mason include felony bail jumping in December, and in 2020, felony bail jumping in January in that same county.

Special prosecutor in those cases is state attorney general Richard Dufour of Madison, who prosecuted each of the Valliere murder defendants.

Jefferson County warrant

Most recently, Mason was charged with misdemeanor criminal damage to property in Jefferson County in February 2020. In that matter, Mason was not in court and did not appear by phone option. 

Probable cause was found in the matter and a body only warrant authorized. 

Ashland County warrant

Before the Lake Tomahawk burglary, Mason was arrested in November in Ashland County in 2018 and charged with possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, resisting or obstructing an officer and possessing a short-barreled shotgun, all as a repeat offender. 

In that incident, Mason and several other individuals were fleeing from arrest in a vehicle, based on court reports. 

Witnesses alleged to investigators that Allen, Cloud and Mason and a female were involved in a reported Bad River “drug deal gone bad” that involved a “meth run” from Minnesota in the weeks before the Valliere homicide, based on court documents. That drug deal was cited as one of the possible reasons leading to Valliere’s murder, according court records.

Mason was released from Ashland County on a $500 cash bond in December 2017 shortly before the Lake Tomahawk burglary, under the stipulation he not have weapons or have contact with co-defendants Darienne Theobald, 24, or Cloud.

In Ashland County court for his preliminary hearing in February 2018, Mason was represented by attorney Joe Rafferty and stood mute when asked for his plea. The court entered not guilty on his behalf. 

A bench warrant was issued through Ashland County in February 2020 after he failed to show for a final pre-trial that month in the felony case. The court was informed Mason was last in a Minnesota jail and extradition had been waived but he was not yet back in Wisconsin, based on court records.


Minnesota warrant

In January 2020, Wisconsin courts were notified Mason was on detainer in Hennepin County, Minnesota and later Beltrami County in the same state. Pending charges and a warrant there include holding him as a “predatory offender, knowingly commit act.”

That case remains open. 

Court documents online still list Mason as detained in Minnesota, having him taken in in January 2020 with court charges and action pending. 

Mason, along with the five charged in Valliere’s death, have been alleged of being members of the Native Soldier Gang. 

Abigail Bostwick may be reached at [email protected]

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