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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on December 19, 2013, Richard T. Michiels appeared in Oconto County Circuit Court and was sentenced on one count of Conspiracy (for conduct occurring in Brown County), three counts of Burglary, two counts of Felony Theft, and one count of Obstructing an Officer (for conduct occurring in Oconto County), and four read-in offenses that occurred in Marinette County. The Honorable Michael T. Judge presided over the hearing. After hearing from Special Prosecutor Biskupic and Assistant Attorney General Défort, the judge sentenced Michiels to a total of five years of initial confinement followed by four years of extended supervision in the Wisconsin State Prison System. Additionally, the defendant was ordered to pay restitution and the costs of the action.
According to the criminal informations, the read-in documentation, the complaints, and the signed statement of the defendant, Michiels conspired with two other actors to commit numerous burglaries of small businesses in Brown County, Marinette County and Oconto County. The primary method of entry was by sawing a hole in the roof of the establishments.
Attorney Vincent Biskupic is serving as Special Prosecutor for Oconto County and Assistant Attorney General Eric D. Défort is serving as Special Prosecutor for Brown and Marinette Counties.
Chapter 950 victim services are being provided by the district attorney offices in Marinette, Brown and Oconto counties. The investigation was conducted by the Oconto County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Oconto Police Department, the Oconto Falls Police Department, the Gillett Police Department, the Suring Police Department, the Marinette County Sheriff’s Office, the Fox Valley Metro Police Department, the Shawano County Sheriff’s Office, the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Green Bay Police Department.