UPDATE: Plea Deal Reached in BB Gun Shooting Case

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

UPDATE: 6/4 at 3:17 p.m.

A 24-year-old Wausau man will spend nearly seven months in jail and five years on extended supervision after he was sentenced Tuesday following three unrelated felony convictions.

Last fall, Daniel Burkhardt faced criminal charges after investigators say he shot a BB gun out his apartment window and accidentally stuck a person dining outside at a nearby restaurant.

That person was not seriously injured.

In April and December of 2012, Burkhardt was charged with his 3rd and 4th OWIs. Prosecutors agreed to offer Burkhardt a plea deal and considered all three open cases during sentencing.

He's been ordered to undergo counseling and will have to pay more than $4,300 in fines.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 9/21 at 4:52 p.m.

A 23-year-old Wausau man accused of using a BB gun to shoot signs out his apartment window and accidentally hitting a person is now free on a signature bond.

Police say on September 5, officers responded to Back When Cafe on 3rd Street in Wausau after patron was shot in the arm while dining outside. The stray BB left a welt on the 43-year-old, but did not cause serious injury.

An observant employee is credited with identifying Daniel Burkhardt, 23, as the suspect. Police say the employee witness noticed Burkhardt's apartment window immediately close after the incident.

Officers went across the street to Burkhardt's apartment. They say he did not initially open the door so a warrant was obtained. Officers surrounded the apartment and Burkhardt opened the door. He admitted to officers he had just purchased the CO2 gun and was shooting signs.

He's charged with injury by negligent use of a weapon, resisting an officer, bail jumping and disorderly conduct. He'll return to court October 3.


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