NEW INFORMATION: Homicide charge dismissed for man accused in Patterson death

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- A count of first degree intentional homicide was dismissed Thursday morning in Chippewa County court after Matthew Labrec plead guilty to two charges of possession of firearm by a felon and armed robbery.

“I believe your guilty plea of counts two and three of the information was made voluntarily and with knowledge of your rights. I therefore am going to accept your plea of guilty and find you guilty for counts two and three of the information. As to counts one under the circumstances as I understand them, I believe that it is appropriate to dismiss count one,” says Chippewa County Judge Steven Cray.

Labrec, 21, is one of two men charged in the March 14 death of Kenneth Patterson. Investigators say Labrec and Jesse Lloyd, 21, met up to give narcotics to Patterson and ended up shooting him. Patterson's body was found on a lawn of a home near Lake Wissota.

Labrec's attorney Matthew Krische says this agreement came together after continuously meeting with former District Attorney Steve Gibbs.

“Mr. Labrec could have pleaded no contest or he could have plead guilty but in our discussions coming up to this, we felt like a plea of guilty was just the better choice. Because Mr. Labrec had been forthright with the officers and had been meeting with them voluntarily, once I became involved, Mr. Gibbs and I met and kept talking about this case, this was something that was always in the cards,” says Krische.

According to Assistant District Attorney Roy Gay, not having to worry about a joint trial will simplify the matter in terms of witnesses and roles of evidence.

Jesse Lloyd is also expected in court for his hearing scheduled for March.

A sentencing date for Mr. Labrec has been scheduled for May 2nd of this year.


CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- A charge of first degree intentional homicide has been dismissed for one of two men charged in a murder case in Chippewa County.

Matthew Labrec, 21, who is charged in the March 14 death of Kenneth Patterson appeared in Chippewa County Court Thursday morning.

A count of first degree intentional homicide was dismissed and Labrec pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, and armed robbery. Labrec's attorney Matthew Krische says this agreement came together after continuously meeting with former District Attorney Steve Gibbs, saying Labrec was compliant with officers throughout the entire case.

“I believe your guilty plea of counts two and three of the information was made voluntarily and with knowledge of your rights. I, therefore, am going to accept your plea of guilty and find you guilty for counts two and three of the information. As to counts one under the circumstances as I understand them, I believe that it is appropriate to dismiss count one,” said Judge Steven Cray.

Another man, 21-year-old Jesse Lloyd is also charged in connection to Patterson's death. He has a hearing in March. Labrec's sentencing has been set for early May.



 
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