Portage Co. man sentenced to life in prison for murder

PORTAGE CO., Wis. (WSAW) - Steven Breneman was sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole after 25 years in Portage County Court Friday. He was convicted of murdering Donald Brewer in April.

Prosecutors said Steven Breneman shot and killed Donald Brewer, 45 in May of 2018. According to the criminal complaint, Breneman is accused of threatening to kill Brewer several times.

Law enforcement responded to the report of shooting at a home on the 7000 block of 4th Avenue on May 6, 2018. When officers arrived they found the home's owner, Brewer, dead on his porch.

The sheriff's office says Brewer's two sons, ages 12 and 14, witnessed the shooting and identified their neighbor, Breneman, as the suspect. Brewer's children used their father's truck to drive to a nearby bar to get help.

Investigators said Breneman fled the scene. Officers searched the area and arrested him about an hour later.

After the sentence was handed down, Portage County District Attorney Louis Molepske, Jr. sent out a press release. In it he said, "This sense-less act of violence was all because the defendant would not let his wife leave a failed marriage. The defendant chose to kill Mr. Brewer instead of letting his wife leave with the person she loved.”

He went on to say, "the defendant killed Don Brewer instead of walking away from the situation and turning the other cheek, and now two families are torn apart and two young men are forever scarred by this defendant’s cowardice act of vengeance."