Plea Deal Reached for Man Convicted of Firing Shots in Wausau

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UPDATED: Wed 11:57 AM, Jul 24, 2013

A Wausau man convicted of firing a gun into the air after a disagreement at a gas station, has reached a plea deal with prosecutors and will avoid a jury trial.

The incident happened March 25. Detectives say it all started with a dispute at the Kwik Trip on Grand Avenue in Wausau. Police say Carl Follie got into an argument about a parking spot with another customer leading to him flash a gun.

The other car then followed Follie until both stopped at 3rd and Short streets. Police say that's when Follie fired off rounds- two of which went into near by homes and one hit a car windshield. One bullet ended up hitting a television inside of one of the homes. No one was hurt.

Wednesday in Marathon County court, prosecutors agreed to reduce two of Follie's charges from 1st degree recklessly endangering safety to 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety in exchange for a no contest plea.

Follie was sentenced to spend nine-months in jail and five years on probation.

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UPDATE: 5/17 at 2:06 p.m.

A Wausau man accused of firing a gun into the air after a disagreement at a gas station has pleaded not guilty.

Carl Follie is facing nine charges including two counts of 1st degree recklessly endangering safety.

Follie will return to court June 4.

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UPDATE: 4/3 at 11:46 a.m.

During a preliminary hearing Wednesday morning at the Marathon County Courthouse, Judge Michael Moran determined there is enough evidence for Carl Follie's case to head to trial.

Follie is accused of firing shots into the air last month. No one was injured however one of the bullets went into a home and hit a television set. The home's owner says she was sleeping on the couch when she heard the tv "explode" and felt glass hit her face. The woman called 911 to report the incident, but when officers arrived they discovered the tv had been struck by a bullet.

According to the criminal complaint, another stray bullet also hit a car windshield.

A pretrial conference will be held April, 9.

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UPDATE: 3/25 at 9:40 p.m.

We spoke with Carl Follie’s wife, Ashley Follie, who said the argument at Kwik Trip was not over a parking spot. Ashley says it started when the other people involved stood in front of the Follie’s car, refusing to move.

When the Follie’s tried to drive home, but she says the other people involved followed them, pulling in front of their car at the intersection of 3rd Street and Short Street.

Once at the intersection, Ashley says the others involved then pulled a gun. That prompted Carl to pull his gun and fire shots in their direction, but not at them.

She says Carl was the one who called the police after the confrontation was over.

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UPDATE: 3/25 at 4:22 p.m.

Wausau Police say they've arrested the person who fired five shots on the city's east side early Saturday morning.

Carl Follie, 25, of Wausau was charged in connection the shooting and remains behind bars on a $25,000 cash bond. Follie faces multiple charges including recklessly endangering safety, endangering safety with the use of a dangerous weapon and bail jumping.

Detectives say it all started with a dispute at the Kwik Trip on Grand Avenue in Wausau. Police say Follie got into an argument about a parking spot with another customer leading to him flash a gun.

The other car then followed Follie until both stopped at 3rd and Short streets. Police say that's when Follie fired off rounds- two of which went into near by homes and one hit a car windshield. One bullet ended up inside of television inside of one of the homes. No one was hurt.

Follie will return to court April 3 to learn if his case will head to trial.

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ORIGINAL STORY: 3/23 at 9:04 a.m.

Wausau Police are investigating a Saturday morning shooting.

Police say it happened near the intersection of Third Street and Short Street around 3am Saturday morning.

Officers say bullets went through the window of a home, before hitting the TV. A car windshield was also hit. Nobody was hurt.

Investigators spent several hours gathering evidence from the scene.

Patrol Captain Ben Bliven tells NewsChannel 7 this incident is one the police rarely sees. "It isn't common. I think we live in a safe community. We talked to a gentleman who is part of the neighborhood watch program and he is very concerned. I think that's the most important thing. If citizens feel unsafe they can call law enforcement and we will investigate."

That's exactly what the Wausau P.D. is doing still, investigating the scene and a few pieces of evidence found near where the shooting occurred.

Several numbered markers displayed locations where shell casings were found on the street. In all, we're told there were five shots fired.

NewsChannel 7 put in a call Sunday morning for an update. The Captain on duty tells us they will be releasing more information Monday morning.

Stay tuned for any new details as they become available.


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