A two year old case of domestic violence came to an end Tuesday when Frank Schuman, 25 of Lac du Flambeau was sentenced to eight months in the Vilas County jail after being found guilty last month of three of 11 charges by a 12 person jury in a five day trial.
Special prosecutor Robert Kaiser sought prison on the battery while armed count and two other counts of physical abuse by Schuman that included pulling his former wife by the hair and kicking her in the ribs and stomach . . . all criminal misdemeanors.
Defense attorney Steve Lucareli reminded presiding Judge Michael Bloom the jury rejected the most serious felony charges, asking for probation and time served. Bloom, saying this was “not a run of the mill” domestic violence case where relatively “few come to court with this level of violence.”
But Judge Bloom felt this did not justify a prison sentence but neither could he impose time served as “it would depreciate what the jury found him guilty of.”
Bloom sentenced Schuman to three years probation with many conditions including eight months in jail. A request by Lucareli to allow time for Schuman report to jail was denied and he was taken into custody by Vilas County law enforcement personnel who were in the courtroom.