Additional Charges Against Man For Aiding in Murder of Lac du Flambeau Man

Oct 17 2018

HURLEY, Wis. – On Friday, October 5, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a criminal complaint in Iron County charging Evan Oungst from Woodruff with 14 felony counts each relating to the death of Wayne M. Valliere, Jr. Oungst, 27, was initially charged in February 2018 with Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Intentional Homicide as a Party to a Crime While Armed with a Dangerous Weapon and also with Hiding a Corpse. The new additional charges include nine counts of Harboring or Aiding a Felon, Party to a Crime and five counts of Manufacturing of Delivering Prescription Drug.


“We are continuing to seek justice for Wayne Valliere’s family,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel. “Our team at DOJ has worked hard to convict the two who committed this murder and we will continue to prosecute all those who played a role.”


On January 1, 2018, the body of Wayne M. Valliere Jr. of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa was recovered in Iron County, after he was reported missing by family on Christmas Day.


Joseph D. Lussier and Richard Francis Alexander Allen were found guilty of First Degree Homicide with a Dangerous Weapon and Hiding a Corpse in August 2018. They were both sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, an additional five years for use of a dangerous weapon concurrent to the life sentence, as well as an additional 11 years of incarceration consecutive for hiding a corpse.


The investigation into Mr. Valliere’s death was led by the DOJ Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), with collaboration between Ashland County Sheriff’s Office, Forest County Sheriff’s Office, Iron County Sheriff’s Office, Lac du Flambeau Police Department, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Milwaukee Police Department, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Vilas County Sheriff’s Office, and Wisconsin State Patrol. Victim services were provided by the Iron County District Attorney’s Victim Services and DOJ’s Office of Crime Victim Services.


At the request of the Iron County District Attorney, the DOJ Criminal Litigation Unit is handling the prosecution of this case. Assistant Attorneys General Richard Dufour and Chad Verbeten have been assigned by Attorney General Schimel to lead this prosecution. Assistant Attorneys General Richard Dufour and Chad Verbeten lead the successful prosecution against Lussier and Allen for the murder of Wayne Valliere.


A suspect is innocent until proven guilty. A copy of the criminal complaint is available on request.