Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Bayfield Man Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Homicide

Sep 30 2014
Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen Announces Bayfield Man Pleads Guilty to Two Counts of Homicide

MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that James (Jim) Edbert Crain, Jr. of Iron River, Wisconsin, entered pleas of guilty in Bayfield County Circuit Court to charges of two counts of second-degree intentional homicide.  One count of failing to comply with officer’s attempt to take person into custody was already read in.  According to the Criminal Complaint, Crain caused the death of his parents, Eunice Crain and James Crain, Sr. on or about December 7, 2013.


Following his pleas, Crain was found guilty of both felony charges by Bayfield County Circuit Judge John P. Anderson.  A presentence investigation report will be prepared by the Department of Corrections.  Crain faces penalties of up to 60 years imprisonment for each charge.  His sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 2, 2014, at 1:15 p.m.


The case was investigated by the Bayfield County Sheriff’s Department.  Assistant Attorney General Roy Korte is prosecuting the case for the State of Wisconsin. Victim services are being handled by the Bayfield County District Attorney’s Office.


A copy of the Criminal Complaint is available here.