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Another Mole Lake Stabber Pleads GuiltySubmitted: 01/11/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm


CRANDON - He thought he would stay out on bail, but now a Mole Lake stabbing suspect will have to wait for sentencing in jail. Twenty-year-old Jesse Daniels pleaded guilty in court today, days before he was scheduled to go to trial for the stabbing.

Three other people are already serving four to seven years in prison for their roles.

Daniels agreed to plead guilty to two of the six felonies he was charged with: second degree attempted homicide and false imprisonment.

As part of the plea deal, District Attorney Chuck Simono can only request as much prison time as the longest sentence already handed out. In this case it's 15 years, with seven in prison and eight on extended supervision.

But Judge O'Melia made it clear he does not have to follow the plea deal.

"I am not bound to any agreement. I could give you the maximum for these two offenses. The maximum for the first, of attempted second degree intentional homicide as a party to a crime is prison up to 36 years," says Judge O'Melia.

Simono asked the judge to hold Daniels in the Forest County jail even though he's out on bond. The defense argued their client is on the ankle monitoring program and is not a flight risk. But Judge O'Melia disagreed since Daniels now faces lengthy prison time.

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