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Postpone Sentencing Alicia Maki For Booster Club Embezzlement
Issue Date: December 3, 2021
Sentencing for Alicia Maki, 36, for embezzling funds from Crivitz Wolverine Boosters while she was treasurer of that organization has been postponed for nearly two additional months. Maki, who lives at N7579 Walleye Run, Crivitz, was arrested in fall of 2019 after Booster Club officers became concerned about finances of the group and discovered several thousands of dollars were missing from the club treasury. Since then, most of the missing money has been repaid, and legal proceedings against Maki have been proceeding slowly. She has been free on $5,000 signature bond since her initial appearance on Nov. 23, 2020.
Jury trial for Maki had been scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 26, of this year, but on Friday, Oct. 1 she entered guilty pleas to two Felony 1 counts of theft in a business setting of $2,500 to $5,000. Marinette County Circuit Court Branch I Judge Jane Sequin had found Maki guilty on one of the counts and agreed the second count would be read in for sentencing. Penalty for a Class I felony in Wisconsin includes a fine of no more than $10,000, imprisonment of no more than three years and six months, or both. Judge Sequin ordered a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28.
However, on Monday afternoon Maki was not in court. District Attorney DeShea Morrow and Defense Attorney Christopher Froehlich were present in person, as was Judge Sequin asked if Maki would be participating in person or via Zoom, but it turned out she did not participate at all.
Froehlich said he had met with his client the previous week and everything was set for the sentencing. However, he said on Sunday Nov. 28 Maki had fallen from a height of about six feet while hanging Christmas decorations and broke her right hand and wrist and had a shoulder injury. She was treated at Aurora Hospital in Marinette, and required some surgery. Froehlich said early that morning Maki had confirmed to him that she was in a lot of pain, and was taking prescribed doses of Pentanol and other things.
Froehlich had contacted the court earlier in the day, provided documentation of Maki's injuries from the hospital, and asked for the sentencing to be rescheduled.
Morrow did not object. She said it would not be prudent to proceed with sentencing someone who had been taking the medication Maki was on.
Judge Sequin agreed. She said it would be good to bring this matter to a conclusion, "...but not under these circumstances."
Judge Sequin said she had an opening for sentencing on Wednesday, Dec. 8, but Froehlich said his client had told him she was not sure she would be okay by then.
Judge Sequin and the attorneys involved then set sentencing for 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24.
"I just want the court to know I was all ready to go....I was prepared for sentencing today," Froehlich told Judge Sequin before leaving the courtroom.