Iron County Men Found Guilty for Lac Du Flambeau Man’s Death

Aug 15 2018

HURLEY, Wis. – A jury in Iron County has found Joseph D. Lussier and Richard Francis Alexander Allen guilty of First Degree Homicide with a Dangerous Weapon and Hiding a Corpse. The two individuals were 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, and an additional 11 years of incarceration consecutive was added for hiding a corpse.


“At every step of this case, Wisconsin DOJ and local law enforcement worked together to provide justice to Wayne Valliere’s family,” said Attorney General Brad Schimel. “In January, DCI and crime lab teams worked with local law enforcement in brutal winter conditions in northern Wisconsin to recover Mr. Valliere’s body, investigate, and arrest Lussier and Allen. Then, DOJ prosecutors picked up the case and delivered justice. Hundreds of hours of work led to the arrest and conviction of these individuals. We are proud to deliver justice for the community and the Valliere family.”


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.


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 handled the prosecution of this case. Assistant Attorneys General Richard Dufour and Chad Verbeten were assigned by Attorney General Schimel to lead this successful prosecution.