Dylan Yang sentencing rescheduled, new attorney needs more time

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- The Wausau teenager convicted of first degree reckless homicide in the death of another teen will have to wait a little longer to find out his sentence.

Dylan Yang's sentencing hearing is now set for September 6. Originally it was scheduled for July. With a new attorney, more time was needed to go through the hundreds of documents to present Yang's case.

Yang was convicted in march for the stabbing death of 13-year-old Isaiah Powell.

At the time of his conviction, Yang was represented by Jay Kronenwetter, who ran for Wausau Mayor in April and lost to Robert Mielke. Now, with the change in representation, Yang's current attorney says some time was lost in preparation for his sentencing.

"There are some aspects that do concern me here, some of which I noted in the courtroom that have to be looked at in terms of the time that could be devoted to the case and whether or not a jury could be impacted by some of the publicity that came up regarding Mr. Kronenwetter," said defense attorney Harry Hertel.

Hertel says there are more than 130 letters in the court file from community members who stand behind Yang. Hertel says that is the biggest amount of correspondence he's received in his time as an attorney.

"It's pretty significant. It's probably about seven inches high and going through, it's going to take some time," said Hertel. "Plus, there are a lot of letters from people being supportive and that's a whole seperate issue about identifying people who might be witnesses that could provide more information at the time of the sentencing."

The September 6 sentencing is expected to go all day, starting at 9:00 a.m.

Meanwhile, Wausau Police Chief Jeff Hardel says the department recently had a meeting with some local Hmong leaders who want to work to unify the community after the incident.

Chief Hardel says there was some confusion about the peace march downtown Wausau two weeks ago. While some were there to show peace, others wanted to demonstrate.

"And so that's what actually prompted this group to step forward and say, we don't want to demonstrate, we want to heal and so how can we heal," Chief Hardel said.

He says that group shared some ideas and option, but Chief Hardel couldn't go into detail on them.