Nekoosa man convicted of 2015 homicide granted reduced sentence

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (WSAW) -- A 21-year-old Nekoosa man convicted in the 2015 death of his girlfriend's mother was re-sentenced in Wednesday in the not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect phase of his case to 11 years in prison.

Miguel Oertel was convicted at trial in 2016 of first degree reckless homicide in the death of Theresa Coates, 47. Initially, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 15 years extended supervision.

On Aug. 17, 2015, deputies were searching for the then reportedly suicidal teen when they got a call reporting two people had been shot at a home in Saratoga. Investigators say Oertel was trying to shoot himself, when Coates grabbed the end of his gun. She was fatally wounded. He then turned the gun on himself.

Last March the court had granted Oertel a new trial.

Oertel’s attorney, Stephen Sawyer told NewsChannel 7 a new psychologist had evaluated Oertel and found him to be NGI. “The original psychologist hired by the court to conduct an NGI evaluation had found Mr. Oertel not to be NGI. Therefore, we now have two experts with differing opinions,” Sawyer explained.

In February, Oertel withdrew his NGI plea and pleaded guilty to second degree reckless homicide.

Oertel will also spend 10 years on extended supervision. He will receive credit for 1,339 days already spent in custody.