Shooting Suspects Face Judge

By: Paige Lambrecht
By: Paige Lambrecht

According to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, several shots were fired from a small pistol into a child's playhouse in the town of Maine on Saturday afternoon. A short time later, information from an eyewitness led to the arrest of two Wausau men.

Monday they faced a Marathon County judge. Twenty-one-year-old Michael Cherf and his brother, 20-year-old Matthew Cherf, are charged with five counts, including discharging a firearm from a vehicle and recklessly endangering safety.

Even though no one was injured in the incident, assistant district attorney Robin Kennedy says it could have been tragic.

"The fact is at any time a child could have been in there. We lucked out that there was no one around when they were shooting."

The Cherf's pleaded not guilty Monday to three of the five counts. If they're convicted on all counts, they could face 24 years behind bars.

So far, no motive has been given for the shooting, but the Marathon County Sheriff's Department says it does appear to be random and not gang related.

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