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Kevin Schutte Fined for Impersonating Officer
Issue Date: June 10, 2020
In Marinette County Circuit Court Branch II on Monday, June 1, Kevin Schutte, 63, of Pound, entered a plea of no contest to a county ordinance violation of impersonating a police officer. He was subsequently found guilty by Judge James A. Morrison and ordered to pay a forfeiture of $200 plus costs and service fees, for a total of $658, in addition paying amounts still owed to his court-appointed attorney.
In a plea bargain agreement that was accepted by the court at the June 1 proceedings, the initial Misdemeanor A charge of impersonating a peace officer against Schutte had been reduced to a county ordinance violation for the same offense.
In Wisconsin, Class A misdemeanors are the most serious of misdemeanor crimes, and are punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000, or both jail. Misdemeanors are generally defined as crimes for which there is no provision for a prison sentence, and jail time will be one year or less. Fines are lower for county ordinance violations and potential penalties do not include jail time unless the fines are not paid.
According to court documents, the offense occurred prior to midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 31 - New Year's Eve - near the northern village of Pound limits. Charges against Schutte were filed by the Office of Marinette County District Attorney DeShea Morrow on Wednesday, Jan. 22. He made a brief initial appearance on the Class A misdemeanor charge in Marinette County Circuit Court Branch 2 on Monday, Feb. 17.
Judge Morrison ruled Schutte did not qualify for a public defender. According to court documents, a court appointed attorney was requested, and after the defendant was sworn in and examined Judge Morrison determined that the court will appoint an attorney under the Dean Law. Schutte was unable to say what he can repay at that time. Attorneys Travis Crowell and David Moss were appointed to replace David Kapitz as defense attorney and a payment plan of $100 per month was set up at a status conference on Monday, March 2.
Schutte's employment as the Village of Pound Director of Public Works was terminated by the Village Board after a closed session discussion on "discipline of a public employee" at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 13. Village officials have not indicated whether or not that decision was related to the New Year's Eve incident and subsequent arrest. Schutte had been Pound Village President for a number of years prior to being hired for the full time position of Public Works Director.
On Monday, June 1 Schutte appeared in court with Moss, and the state was represented by Assistant District Attorney Allen Brey.
Moss said the parties had reached an agreement. Brey moved to amend the misdemeanor count to a county ordinance violation.
Morrison granted the motion, accepted the no contest pleas, and found Schutte guilty. He imposed a forfeiture of $200 plus costs and service fees, which brought the total to $658.
Brey noted Moss was a Dean attorney appointed by the court, and the defendant needed to keep making payments to him.
Judge Morrison asked why the recent payment had not been paid After an explanation from Schutte Judge Morrison ordered him to pay $25 per week, starting on June 5, and once the attorney fees were paid he could pay the $658 due to the court. The attorney fee payment was made on Tuesday, June 9.