RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander man accused of stabbing his wife near the iconic Hodag statue pleaded guilty today, but not to attempted homicide.
Thirty eight-year-old Shannon Wolf reached a plea deal with the state just as he was set to go to trial this week.
Wolf was charged with four felonies, including first degree attempted homicide, strangulation and stalking. But today Judge Patrick O'Melia agreed to throw out some of the charges, and leave some to be read in at sentencing.
Wolf pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and mayhem. Judge O'Melia explained the elements of mayhem.
"First that you cut or mutilated the tongue, eye, ear, nose, lip or limb of the victim. And secondly, that the cutting caused great bodily harm to the victim. And third that you intended to disable or disfigure the victim," says Judge O'Melia.
Wolf chased his wife down outside the Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce last February. He broke the window of the car she was in and choked and stabbed her.
The original charge of attempted first degree homicide alone could have meant up to 60 years in prison. Now that charge is changed to mayhem, so he faces a max of 40. The state said it will ask for 30.
MERRILL - A Northwoods school pulled off a big surprise on Friday to honor a few veterans. After months of planning, students and staff at Kate Goodrich Elementary got to see the payoff of all their hard work.
"It was like kind of overwhelming," said Wolfgang Lenk.
Lenk, Todd Annis, and Randy Perry had no idea they would be the guests of honor.
"To see all these kids and knowing how hard they worked selling all this, and now your name comes up that you're one of the three recipients, it was awesome," said Annis.
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