The latest foray through the Langlade County Court system resulted in a stayed prison sentence and two concurrent jail terms for a local woman on Thursday.
Kassandra J. DeClark, 37, Pearson, entered a no contest plea to a felony charge of methamphetamine possession as a repeat offender. A misdemeanor count of drug paraphernalia possession as a repeat offender was dismissed but read into the record.
DeClark was sentenced for the meth conviction, as well as for previous convictions of misdemeanor bail jumping and retail theft. She pled guilty to those charges as part of a three-case plea bargain on May 9, 2019 and was given withheld sentences pending 18 months of probation. DeClark also pled guilty to counts of criminal trespass and misdemeanor bail jumping in separate cases during that hearing, convictions that were given two year prison sentences but stayed in favor of probation.
On Thursday, DeClark was sentenced to four years in prison for the meth conviction, divided into two years of initial confinement and two years of extended supervision. The prison term was stayed pending three years of probation.
DeClark was ordered to one year concurrent jail terms for the misdemeanor convictions. She will be eligible for Huber privileges once that program is restored, and was granted credit for 148 days already served.
As conditions of DeClark’s probation on the stayed prison sentence she must complete an alcohol and drug assessment and follow through with treatment recommendations, maintain absolute sobriety and full time employment, not use or possess controlled substances illegally, not enter any establishment with a class B liquor license, pay court costs, and commit no further crimes.
The meth and paraphernalia charges were filed in the wake of an odd occurrence at an Antigo residence on the morning of Monday Dec. 9. According to the complaint, at 7 a.m. Antigo police officers responded to a complaint at a city residence where the legal tenant advised that DeClark and Dustin Lee Williams were inside and had locked the tenant out. The tenant gave the officers permission to enter.
They gained entry into the residence, where DeClark and Williams were located in a bedroom. Both individuals were subject to holds through the Department of Corrections and were taken into custody.
During the booking process at the jail, a corrections officer located a small baggie with a substance that tested positive for meth in DeClark’s brassiere area.
The complaint in the earlier case asserts that DeClark and Williams were seen on Wal-Mart surveillance video placing items in a cart and leaving without paying on the afternoon of March 30. DeClark was in possession of a 32 inch flat screen television and Ninja food processor when the items triggered security sensors near the exit. She gave an employee a receipt which turned out to be from Pizza Hut, then grabbed her purse and left.
A few moments later, Williams exited the store with a Blu-Ray player that did not trigger the sensors, and was seen on video leaving in a red truck, driven by DeClark. The total value of the heisted items was $323.99.
Charges in that incident are one of three open misdemeanor cases against Williams. He is on probation for a Nov. 29, 2018 conviction for meth and drug paraphernalia possessions.
DeClark’s extensive petty criminal history includes Langlade County convictions for two counts of disorderly conduct, property theft, obstruction, and bail jumping in 2016, and retail theft in 2011. She was also convicted in Marathon County for five counts of property theft in 2010, as well as retail theft in 2014 and 2011 and disorderly conduct in 2018.