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December 14, 2019

10/29/2019 7:30:00 AM
Bench trial set for December in murder weapon-related burglary case
Abigail Bostwick
Of The Lakeland Times

A Lac du Flambeau man housed in the Oneida County Jail on charges related to a burglary to a residence in Lake Tomahawk which included a gun later used to murder a man is also facing charges involving alleged battery to another inmate.

Dayna Mason, 29, was in Oneida County Circuit Court before Judge Michael Bloom earlier this month on charges of felony battery and bail jumping. The charges came after Mason was allegedly observed on jail video approaching and inmate and punching and kicking him several times.

In court, prosecutor Mary Sowinski noted there was no resolution yet in the battery case. She also moved for the felony bail jumping charge to be dismissed as it "... should not have been filed." Public defender for Mason, Richard Shawl, did not object and the motion was granted.

Meanwhile on the burglary charges, a bench trial has been set for Dec. 10 and 11. Special state prosecutors assistant attorneys general Richard Dufour and Chad Verbeten are representing the state.

There, Mason will answer to felony charges of burglary with a dangerous weapon, theft (with special facts) and possess a firearm as a felon - all with party to a crime and habitual offender enhancers.

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 gun was later used by Richard Allen, 29, and Joseph Lussier, 28, both of Lac du Flambeau, in the homicide of Wayne Valliere, Jr., the state has argued.

Allen and Lussier were convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.

A bench trial takes place in front of a judge rather than a jury. The judge acts as both the finder of fact and ruler on matters of law and decides the case based on evidence.

Also charged in the burglary with similar charges were Joseph Cloud, 25, formerly of Lac du Flambeau and now housed at Green Bay Correctional; Allen, 29, now of Boscobel Prison; and Buddy Maurice Big John, 22, Wittenberg, now in Oneida County Jail.

Cloud pled guilty to burglary with a dangerous weapon and the remaining charges were dismissed. He was sentenced to two years prison and three years extended supervision. Big John has additional court dates in December.

Charges against Allen in the burglary case were dismissed after his murder conviction.

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