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WOOD COUNTY - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on July 19, 2010 the Honorable James Mason convicted Michael Fink of Second degree Recklessly Endangering Safety after a court trial. After the trial, Judge Mason also found the defendant guilty of Bail Jumping after the defendant pleaded no contest to that charge.
In 2004, Fink was convicted of attempted first degree intentional homicide and was sentenced to 10 years prison. Fink was granted a new trial in 2008 after serving approximately four (4) years on that sentence. The case was previously prosecuted by the Wood County District Attorneys office. The Wisconsin Department of Justice was appointed as special prosecutor to assist the Wood County District Attorney's Office after Fink was granted a new trial.
After the trial, Judge Mason gave the defendant sentence credit against the for the four (4) year prison sentence and placed him on probation for 3 years on the charges of Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety and Bail Jumping.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Dennis Krueger and Wood County Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Constable. The case was investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation.