UPDATE: Plea Deal Expected for Wausau Blackmailing Suspect

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A 24-year-old Wausau man accused of blackmailing a cognitively disabled man is expected to reach a plea deal and will avoid a jury trial.

Prosecutors say Montrell Stinson befriended the alleged victim and sent the man a nude photo last August. 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.

The investigation began once the man's bank account was drained.

A plea and sentencing hearing has been scheduled for September 12.

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