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UPDATE: Fmr. Probation Agent Sentenced to 18 Mo. in Prison

By: Colin Mayfield Email
By: Colin Mayfield Email
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UPDATE: Mon at 1:15 p.m., Aug 12, 2013

After listening to more than five hours of testimony, Taylor County Judge Ann Knox-Bauer agreed to sentencing recommendations from the State and ordered Kim Hoenisch to spend 18 months in prison and six years on extended supervision following her release.

A special appointed prosecutor, Assistant Attorney General Winn Collins said the sentence was balanced. The state guidelines allow significantly more time behind bars. The state said the case was about crime, and not desire- referencing statements made by Kim Hoenisch's friends on Monday who called the addiction a disease.

Friends asked the judge to consider a lighter sentence because she has two young children. The state said there was no doubt that Kim loved her children, but a light sentence just because she has children is moot point. The state said Kim has been abusing prescription meds recently and that love [for her children] wasn't enough [for her to stop].

The first person to take the stand Monday morning was a man who described himself a veteran who suffers from PTSD. The man also said he was a former parolee of Kim Hoenisch as well a victim listed in two the five counts she was convicted of, but said he was actually involved in four of her convictions.

The victim, who court documents list as “T.S.” started off by saying he had written two victim impact statements-- one where he wanted the book thrown at her and one that he described as more compassionate. T.S. told the court Kim Hoenisch had been his probation agent for three years and that his life was a lot better because she was his probation agent. He said his previous probation officer let him slide, but not Kim. He told the court she put him through hell.

T.S. said the only true victim in the case is his daughter; who confronted Hoenisch while she was looking for Vicodin in their home last summer. T.S. Said he had told Hoenisch he kept his doors unlocked. Monday in court he said, “I take as much responsibility for this as you should [Kim]”. T.S. Said they've since moved and their house now has a lot more security, so much in fact that he described his home as a compound. T.S. ended by saying he still considered Kim a friend.

The judge also ordered Hoenisch to write a letter of apology to T.S.'s daughter.

A second former parolee and victim of Kim Hoenisch's also took the stand in her defense. The woman told the court she had been in a similar situation as to what Kim was in now. The woman who became emotional on the stand said Kim was the only person that actually cared about her well-being and her success.

Hoenisch will serve her time at Taycheedah Correctional Institution in Fond du Lac. Her sentence will begin Monday.
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UPDATE: Mon at 12:11 p.m., Aug 12, 2013

The State has asked that Kim Hoenisch be sentenced to 18 months in jail and 7 1/2 years probation. Hoenisch would also have to write a letter of apology to the child of one of the victims. The State asked that her sentence begin today.

The defense is asking for no jail time only treatment.

A sentencing is expected soon as court will not break for lunch.

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UPDATE: Mon at 9:12 a.m., Aug 12, 2013

A sentencing hearing is now underway for the wife of former Marathon County Sheriff, Randy Hoenisch.

Court documents said while Kim Hoenisch, 41, was employeed as a probation agent she stole Vicodin from probationers while they were taking urine tests during office visits last summer.

The criminal complaint also states she stole Vicodin from one of the probationer's homes in June, stole Vicodin from her cousin's house in October and stole oxycodone from a woman's house in March 2011.

Hoenisch was convicted of misconduct in public office, burglary, possession of narcotic drugs, possess/illegally obtained prescription and possession of controlled substance after she pleaded no contest in January.

Hoenisch is also expected to be charged with battery and disorderly conduct charges after an argument with family member on July 16.

According to an incident report, Hoenisch was asked to leave a relatives home, but when she refused the relative threatened to call police. That's when Hoenisch became combative, according to the report.

Hoenisch left before deputies arrived but she was stopped and arrested in her vehicle a short time later.

Online court records do not show charges have yet been filed in the newest case.

Hoenisch faces a maximum sentence of more than 20 years in prison during Monday's sentencing.

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UPDATE: 4/18 at 2 p.m.

The Wausau Parole agent convicted of stealing drugs from her parolees will have to wait a little longer to find out her sentence as the hearing has been delayed.

Kim Hoenisch was scheduled to be sentenced on April 25, however online court records list a postponed sentencing date as July 1.
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ORIGINAL STORY: 1/28 at 10:14 p.m.

A former parole agent accused of burglarizing homes and taking prescription medication from her parolees has pleaded no contest.

Kim Hoenisch, 41, was convicted of misconduct in public office, burglary, possession of narcotic drugs, possess/illegally obtained prescription and possession of controlled substance.

The Department of Justice is handling the investigation, as Hoenisch is the wife of the Marathon County Sheriff. The case was heard Monday afternoon in Taylor County, after a Marathon County judge recused himself from hearing the case.

According to the complaint, Hoenisch was employed by the State of Wisconsin as a probation agent with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections in the Division of Community Corrections within the Wausau Regional Field Office. DOJ agents wrote in the complaint that Hoenisch told them she stole Vicodin from probationers while they were taking urine tests during office visits this summer.

The agents wrote that she also told them she stole Vicodin from one of the probationer's homes in June, stole Vicodin from her cousin's house in October and stole oxycodone from a woman's house in March 2011.

The complaint describes the medications primarily as the narcotic drugs hydrocodone and oxycodone. Hoenisch reportedly took the medication without a prescription.

Kim Hoenisch's attorney, Harry Hertel, says it was a two-decades-long addiction to painkillers that drove her to commit the crimes.

"She's had multiple surgeries over her lifetime, including all four years while she was in college," Hertel said. "As a result, she became addicted to pain killers. And unfortunately that's why we're here today."

Hertel says the sheriff was not aware his wife was abusing prescription medications. "She hid everything from him," Hertel said.

A sentencing hearing is expected to be held at the end of April in Marathon County. The prosecution is arguing for 18 months in prison, plus extended supervision. Hoenisch's attorney will request only probation.

"What we want to try to do is look at the factors the judge has to consider at sentencing, and then be able to come up with a creative solution that will be more appealing than simply saying let's put her in prison for 18 months, particularly for someone who in her experience put female prisoners in the only women's prison in Wis."

Hoenisch is free on a $10,000 cash bond.

A press released from the Department of Corrections sent out Dec. 27 says Hoenisch was terminated for failure to exercise good judgment.


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