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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that Jordan Walker, 20, of Oconto Falls appeared today before the Honorable Michael Judge of the Oconto County Circuit Court for sentencing on charges of Homicide by Negligent Handling of a Dangerous Weapon and two counts of Obstructing an Officer in connection with the shooting death of a 19-year-old man. Walker was convicted of those offenses after a jury trial in July, 2011.
The court sentenced Walker to serve a ten-year period of imprisonment on the homicide charge with five years of confinement to the state prison system followed by five years of extended supervision. On the obstructing charges, the court ordered Walker to serve nine months in jail concurrent with the prison sentence. On the homicide charge, the court also ordered conditions of community supervision including, among other things, a total of 1,000 hours of community service.
According to the criminal complaint and evidence at trial, in the early morning hours of June 19, 2010, Walker, the victim and others were present at Walker’s residence, and alcohol was being consumed there by some or all of the people present, including Walker. Walker requested that another person go to his bedroom and retrieve his loaded .45 caliber handgun. The loaded handgun was delivered to Walker as he and others sat around a bonfire in the back yard of the residence. Walker thereafter repeatedly unloaded and re-loaded the handgun and, with the handgun unloaded, repeatedly pointed it at his friends and “dry fired.” Walker acknowledged eventually pointing the handgun over his shoulder knowing that the victim was standing behind him. The firearm discharged and a single round struck the victim.
Assistant Attorney General Michael G. Schaefer represented the state. The investigation was conducted jointly by the Oconto Falls Police Department and the Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation.