IOWA COUNTY MAN CONVICTED OF TWO COUNTS OFCAUSING GREAT BODILY HARM WHILE ARMED
IOWA COUNTY MAN CONVICTED OF TWO COUNTS OF CAUSING GREAT BODILY HARM WHILE ARMED
MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that Shane Behrens has pleaded no contest to intentionally causing great bodily harm while armed with a dangerous weapon and being a party to the crime of second-degree reckless injury causing great bodily harm while armed with a dangerous weapon. The maximum penalty for those offenses is imprisonment up to 37 and ½ years and fines not to exceed $75,000. Shane Behrens was previously convicted of an operating while intoxicated first offense from this same time period. Iowa County Judge Dyke ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set the case for sentencing on September 22, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.
According to the complaint, on October 27-28, 2012, Shane Behrens and Brandon Behrens attended a Halloween party in Arena, Wisconsin, where a fight took place. During this altercation, five individuals were injured. The victims had to be treated for numerous injuries, including stab wounds and broken bones. A copy of the criminal complaint is available here.
The prosecution of Brandon Behrens is still pending. A criminal complaint is a document accusing a person of a violation of criminal law. Brandon Behrens enjoys a presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.
Assistant Attorney General Karie D. Cattanach is representing the State. This investigation was conducted by the Iowa County Sherriff’s Department, Sauk County Sherriff’s Department and Arena Police Department. The Department of Justice Crime – Office of Crime Victim Services is providing victim services in this case.