Subscribe | E-Editions | River News 75Ę | Super Shopper - FREE | About Us | Contact Us | FREE Classified Ė Items Under $50
The Northwoods River News | Rhinelander, Wisconsin

Flanders Realty Group

home : news : court news
June 17, 2019

abigail bostwick/lakeland times

Dayna Mason was in court on April 25 with public defender Richard Shawl.
abigail bostwick/lakeland times

Dayna Mason was in court on April 25 with public defender Richard Shawl.
4/30/2019 7:30:00 AM
Cloud pleads guilty, Mason may take plea in murder weapon-related burglary
Abigail Bostwick
of The Lakeland Times

One of several men charged in Oneida County Circuit Court with a theft involving the gun used to murder a Lac du Flambeau man in 2018 has pled guilty.

Joseph Cloud, 25, formerly of Lac du Flambeau and now housed at Green Bay Correctional, was charged with burglary with a dangerous weapon, theft and possession of a firearm as a felon, all felonies with modifiers of a habitual criminal and party to a crime.

On Monday, April 22, he pled guilty before Judge Michael Bloom to burglary with a dangerous weapon. The other charges were dismissed. After a pre-sentence investigation is conducted, he is set to be sentenced July 2.

The Lake Tomahawk burglary occurred in December 2017. Stolen were a video game console, video games, a shotgun, rifle, .22 pistol, various ammunition and a 9 mm semi-automatic gun.

That 9 mm gun would later be used by Richard Allen, 28, and Joseph Lussier, 27, both of Lac du Flambeau, in the homicide of Wayne Valliere, Jr., that involved three other men in Iron County. Allen and Lussier were convicted of murder and sent to life in prison.

Allen also was present at the Lake Tomahawk burglary and was said to have kept the gun which he called, "baby," according to court records. The charges in Oneida County were dropped against Allen after he was convicted and sentenced in the Valliere murder.

Further involved in the burglary were Dayna Mason, 28, last listed as "homeless in Eagle River," now in Ashland Jail, as well as Buddy Maurice Big John, 21, Wittenberg, now in the Oneida County Jail. Big John is scheduled for a jury trial in July.

Special prosecutors in the case are state assistant attorneys general Richard Dufour and Chad D. Verbeten.

Mason was transported to court April 25 before Bloom for a hearing. Mason has been set for a jury trial in September, but Bloom indicated in court he understood there was a possible waiver of a jury trial.

"Our position is that we are still in favor of trying this case to the court," Mason's public defender Richard Shawl said. "We are also working fairly hard on a settlement."

A deadline for the state was not met regarding the state's position, it was noted in court. Bloom noted a plea had been expected that day.

"I don't care to inquire why that fell through, but it did," he observed.

"I apologize," Verbeten said. "We are working on a settlement." He added it could be filed as soon as this week.

Shawl added he and his client are still working towards a bench trial or a possible agreement.

"We rather prefer getting this over as quickly as possible," he said.

Bloom granted the state's possible position to waive a jury trial.

Mason's next hearing, May 8, will have all parties calling into the court or appearing via video.

Since being arrested on the burglary charge, Mason has had a felony charge filed against him for battery by prisoner. Based on the complaint, Mason was observed on Oneida County Jail video in July approaching another inmate there at the time, Lawrence Anthony Ingram, 56, Milwaukee, in the dayroom and punching him several times in the head and torso. After Ingram fell to the floor, Mason reportedly continued to punch and kick him.

Ingram was observed not moving, then attempting to rise but failing. He did finally walk away, court reports note. When interviewed, neither Mason nor Ingram would speak to the incident. Ingram was convicted of the murder of a homeless man in Milwaukee several years ago and is serving a sentence of 27 years in prison, 20 years extended supervision.

Meanwhile in the Valliere homicide, James Lussier, 20, was sentenced to 15 years prison and 15 years' extended supervision after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of homicide by battery; Curtis Wolfe, 26, Lac du Flambeau, is awaiting a May jury trial; and Evan Oungst, 28, Arbor Vitae, is expected to enter a plea the first week in May and have a jury trial in October on related charges. Dufour and Verbeten have been and are prosecuting all matters.

According to court documents, Cloud and Mason and a female were involved with Allen in a reported Bad River "drug deal gone bad" that involved a "meth run" from Minnesota.

That drug deal was cited as one of the possible reasons leading to the murder of Valliere, according to witnesses interviewed by authorities in court records.

Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, and meet the comment guidelines (see "Comment Guidelines" at right). There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number and email address is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search
search sponsored by

Subscription Login

Today's Circulars
Print-N-Save Coupons
Order photo reprints

Advertising Information

Community Connections
Submit to Newspaper...

Ced Vig's books for sale
Kris Gilbertson's 'I Recall...'


Reader Poll

Should people be allowed to use the internet to distribute directions for making 3-D printed plastic guns?

Please select one:
I need more information before offering an opinion.
I have no opinion on this question.

View Results
Reader Poll

Do you agree with the School District of Rhinelanderís decision to dismiss football coach Chris Ferge?

Please select one:
I have no opinion.

View Results
Reader Poll

Which of the following best describes your reaction to the Republicans move to curtail the power of Governor-elect Tony Evers and Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul?

Please select one:
I have no issue with it. Itís a normal part of todayís politics.
Itís unconscionable, but Iím confidant the courts will overturn the bills.
Iím OK with it as long as both parties are allowed to do it.
I have no opinion on this question.

View Results
Reader Poll

Which City of Rhinelander elected officials should be recalled?

Please select one:
All of them. The mayor and the entire Common Council.
I would recall the council but keep the mayor.
I would recall the mayor but keep the council.
Everyone but alderman Emmer, as he was just appointed.
Frederickson, Sauer, Holt, Rossing and Larson.
Rog, Kirby and Kelly.

View Results
Reader Poll

The School District of Rhinelander is deciding whether its new indoor athletic facility will be a permanent dome or steel structure. Which do you prefer?

Please select one:
Permanent dome
Steel structure
I'm not sure at this point.
I don't want to see any kind of indoor facility built if it's financed via the general fund

View Results

Facebook | All Things | Wisconsin Lottery | The Lakeland Times - affiliate | Winter Road Conditions | Snow/Trail Conditions

The Northwoods River News | Walker Communications, LLC
232 S. Courtney Street, Rhinelander, WI 54501 | Office (715) 365-6397 | Fax (715) 365-6361

Corporate billing office: The Lakeland Times / Lakeland Printing Inc. | P.O. Box 790, Minocqua, WI 54548 | (715) 356-5236 | Fax (715) 358-2121
Members of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, Wisconsin Community Papers, Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce, Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce

Site Design and Content | Copyright 2019 1up!

Software © 1998-2019 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved