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UPDATE: Trial Dates Set for Wausau Blackmailing Suspect

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: Mon 11:47 AM, Feb. 10, 2014

A two-day trial is scheduled in May for a 24-year-old Wausau man accused of blackmailing a cognitively disabled man.

Prosecutors say Montrell Stinson befriended the alleged victim. Sent the man a nude photo, and then convinced him looking at it was a crime.

The man said he was afraid of going to jail and paid Stinson somewhere between $5,000 to $10,000.

The trial is expected to begin May 28.

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UPDATE: Mon 5:14 PM, Oct. 14, 2013

A Wausau man accused of blackmailing a cognitively disabled man will head to trial after testimony from two detectives during a preliminary hearing Monday.

Prosecutors say Montrell Stinson, 23, befriended the alleged victim. Sent the man a nude photo, and then convinced him looking at it was a crime.

The man said he was afraid of going to jail and paid Stinson somewhere between $5,000 to $10,000.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Tues 6:33 PM, Sept. 17, 2013

A 23-year-old Wausau man accused blackmailing a cognitively disabled man has now been charged and is behind bars in the Marathon County Jail.

Prosecutors say Montrell Stinson befriended the alleged victim and sent the man a nude photo. He then convinced him looking at the photo was a crime.

The man said he was afraid of going to jail and paid Stinson so he wouldn't call police. The alleged victim said he shelled out somewhere between $5,000 and $10,000.

During an interview with deputies the man said Montrell said his mother got a settlement and he would give him envelope with checks in exchange for cash. The man said once he got back to his car and opened the envelope all he found inside was four blank pieces of paper.

Stinson is scheduled to return to court next month. The investigation began once the man's bank account was drained.


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