WISCONSIN RAPIDS - A Wisconsin Rapids man convicted of killing the man he suspected was having an affair with his wife will go to prison for the next two decades.
According to online court records, Wood County Judge Gregory Potter sentenced Mark Kusters, 59, to 20 years in prison and five years on extended supervision during a hearing Tuesday afternoon.
Police arrested Kusters in September 2016 after officers found Richard Flynn lying on the ground with gunshot wounds to the chest and stomach. Flynn later died at a hospital.
Kuster's wife told police she and Kusters were at her house in Grand Rapids when Flynn started peeking through the front door. She said that's when Kusters got his shotgun, went outside warned Flynn to leave, and then shot him.
Kusters's wife said she and Flynn had a relationship that Kusters knew about.
A jury found Kusters guilty of first-degree reckless homicide during a trial in November 2017, but cleared Kusters of a first-degree intentional homicide count.
Prosecutors recommended Kusters get 40 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision. Kusters' attorney suggested his client receive between four to eight years in prison.
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.
RHINELANDER - A scoop of frozen custard goes down pretty well on a humid day like the Northwoods saw Friday. Rhinelander's Associated Bank made grabbing a scoop an easy way to help others.
Culver's set up a mobile custard stand outside the new bank building on the corner of Lincoln Street and Oneida Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fifty cents from every $2.50 cup sold went to Associated Bank's Children's Miracle Network fund.
The bank is hoping to raise $500 through its fundraisers for CMN this month.
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