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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that Brandon Behrens has been charged with attempted homicide while armed with a dangerous weapon, strangulation, and substantial battery while armed with a dangerous weapon. Shane Behrens has been charged with attempted homicide while armed with a dangerous weapon, substantial battery, substantial battery while armed with a dangerous weapon and recklessly endangering safety while armed with a dangerous weapon. Both brothers also were charged with being a party to the crime of reckless injury while armed with a dangerous weapon. An initial appearance is scheduled for August 28th, 2013, in Iowa County Circuit Court. Shane Behrens was previously issued an operating while intoxicated first offense citation and operating with a prohibited alcohol concentration citation, both of which are currently pending.
The criminal complaint alleges that on October 27-28, 2012, Shane and Brandon Behrens attended a party in Arena where a fight took place. The brothers are accused of injuring five individuals at this party, who had to be treated for stab wounds and broken bones.
A copy of the criminal complaint is available here.
A criminal complaint is a document accusing a person of a violation of criminal law. A defendant enjoys a presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.
Assistant Attorney General Karie D. Cattanach is representing the State. This investigation was conducted by the Iowa County Sherriff’s Department, Sauk County Sherriff’s Department and Arena Police Department. Jennifer Rhodes with the Department of Justice – Office of Crime Victim Services is providing victim services in this case.