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Lincoln County Judge denies motion for the resentencing of Carlos Gonzalez

Story By Zack White
Local News Published 10/15/2020 9:09PM, Last Updated 10/15/2020 9:27PM
Merrill - A youth prison teacher who was battered by a teen inmate in 2017, finally learned the fate of her batterers sentencing Thursday in Lincoln County Court via Zoom.

After the motion hearing was rescheduled three times, the court denied the motion made for resentencing for Carlos Gonzalez.

The came decision after Gonzalez took a plea agreement with the state when he was convicted in 2018. He filed a post-conviction motion to be resentenced to the terms of his actual plea agreement. He alleges that his attorney was not effective, which is guaranteed by the sixth amendment in the U.S. Constitution.

"The court will not go to the next level to determine what kind of breach was made," said Lincoln County Circuit court Judge Robert Russell

Gonzalez's battering victim Pandora Lobacz who didn't want to go on camera said it finally felt like a minor victory in her journey.

Supporters of Lobacz attended the hearing, former co-worker Valorie Nelson said she was satisfied with the outcome as well.

"I am super happy with the way things turned out today, Pandora deserved this win. It's a little bit of a bittersweet victory for someone who endured what she's endured," said Lobacz.

Other attendees including Lobacz former co-worker Timothy Bartz said this was not only a win for Pandora but a win for others as well.

"It was a win for youth counselors and correctional officers everywhere today," said Bartz.

Gonzalez faces eight years in prison, in addition to the 10 years he has been serving for other charges.
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