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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Wisconsin

Monday, May 23, 2016

Neopit Man Sentenced for Assault on Federal Officer and Burglary

Gregory J. Haanstad, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced today that Merwin J. Wynos, Jr., (age: 28) of Neopit, Wisconsin, was sentenced to three years in federal prison by Chief United States District Judge William C. Griesbach. The sentence also included three years of supervised release and restitution for damaged or destroyed property of a convenience store.       

Wynos previously entered a guilty plea for his assault on a Menominee Tribal Police officer, in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 111(a)(1) and 111(b), which followed the burglary of a convenience store in Keshena, Wisconsin, in violation of Title 18, United States Code Section 1153(a) and (b) and Wisconsin Statute Section 943.10(2).

According to the plea agreement and other documents filed with the court, Wynos,  participated in the theft of items from the convenience store and then nearly struck an officer from the Menominee Tribal Police Department when that officer responded to the burglar alarm. Wynos led tribal police and officers with the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office on a high speed chase that ended in Shawano County when Wynos crashed the car he was driving.

In pronouncing the sentence, Chief Judge Griesbach noted the extremely serious nature of the offense which included nearly striking the officer with the car, as well as the lengthy criminal history of Mr. Wynos.

The case was investigated by the Menominee Tribal Police Department, Menominee County Sheriff’s Office, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney William J. Roach.

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Updated May 23, 2016