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Eagle River man charged with homicide in September shooting
Complaint: Defendant had marijuana in his bloodstream
by river news staff

An Eagle River man accused of killing a 20-year-old Conover man after firing a gun he thought was unloaded has been charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a weapon (restricted controlled substance) and homicide by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon.

Jeremiah Fox Solis, 19, faces a maximum of 35 years in prison if convicted of both charges.

He was arrested Sept. 4, hours after the death of 20-year-old Connor L. Stephens of Conover, but formal charges were not filed until Oct. 13.

According to the criminal complaint, law enforcement personnel were dispatched to a disturbance at 421 E. Wall Street in Eagle River at approximately 11:42 p.m. Sept. 3.

Officers were waived to the upstairs apartment by two male individuals who were waiting outside, the complaint states. Once in the apartment, an officer reported seeing an adult female and a person later identified as Solis leaning over a fourth male, later identified as Stephens, holding a towel and applying pressure to an apparent gunshot wound.

Stephens was transported to Eagle River Memorial Hospital where he died around midnight.

According to the complaint, Fond du Lac County medical examiner Dr. Doug Kelley determined the cause of death to be exsanguination from a gunshot wound to the chest.

According to information presented by district attorney Martha Milanowski during a bail hearing Sept. 5, Solis told police he purchased a semi-automatic handgun at a gun show in Eagle River Friday, Sept. 1. The prosecutor went on to explain that Solis told officers that he went to the apartment, where it is believed his brother is a tenant, at around 9 p.m. Sunday.

"He indicated that he brought the gun that he recently purchased to basically show it off," she said. "Mr. Solis indicated he played some video games, had a couple drinks and he also smoked some marijuana that evening. He smoked some around sunset. Everyone looked at the gun and he indicated that he put the clip in the gun, cocked it, then cleared it and a bullet flew out. He said the slide was forward and he put it down on the coffee table for about an hour and thereafter picked it up again and he began playing with it, those were his words. He pulled the slide back, he didn't see a bullet fly out, so he thought the gun was empty. While he was continuing to hold it, he pulled the trigger, it went off and a bullet hit Stephens in the shoulder."

The complaint states officers saw marijuana cigar blunts on the table and floor of the living room where Stephens was shot.

It also states Solis admitted to having two drinks and using marijuana prior to the shooting.

Toxicology results also showed Solis had tetrahydracannnabinol (the active ingredient in marijuana) in his bloodstream, according to the complaint.

Solis is free on a $20,000 signature bond with a number conditions stipulated by both sides, including a curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. He was back in court Monday to answer to the charges at which time his attorney Al Moustakis told Judge Neal A. Nielsen that he intends to file a pretrial motion.

According to court records, a hearing on that motion was set for Dec. 7 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Dec. 14.

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