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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that on October 23, 2013, Richard T. Michiels appeared in the Oconto County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to Conspiracy for conduct occurring in Brown County, and pleaded no contest to three counts of Burglary, two counts of Felony Theft, and one count of Obstructing an Officer for conduct occurring in Oconto County, and agreed to four read-in offenses that occurred in Marinette County. The Honorable Michael T. Judge presided over the hearing. At sentencing, Michiels faces 60 years and three months of imprisonment and fines of up to $130,000. Sentencing is set for December 19, 2013.
According to the criminal informations, the read-in documentation, the complaints, and the signed statement of the defendant, Michiels conspired with two other actors for the purpose of performing numerous burglaries covering Brown County, Marinette County and Oconto County.
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.