Two more suspects charged in Eau Claire robbery

By: Courtney Everett, Lindsay Alowairdi Email
By: Courtney Everett, Lindsay Alowairdi Email

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- Charges have been filed against two more suspects in an armed robbery in Eau Claire that ended with shots fired and a car crash in February.

Police say Michael Lee and Steven O'Connor gave the other suspects charged in the case, the gun that was used.

Police say they were upset one of the people in the house sold them "fake" meth. They're now charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery with the use of force and conspiracy to commit armed burglary.

Police say the men who committed the armed robbery, Justin Barnard and Matthew Weiland, entered the house on Kendall Street, demanded money, fired shots at the house and then sped away eventually crashing into a snowbank in February.

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A man charged in connection with a shooting in Eau Claire, pleaded no contest in court Tuesday.

28-year-old Justin Barnard of Chippewa Falls pleaded no contest, and was found guilty, of 2nd-degree recklessly endangering safety. Five other charges were read, but dismissed.

Barnard and 23-year-old Matthew Weiland of Eau Claire were arrested in February after police say they went into a home on Kendall Street and demanded money. When they left, police say at least one of them fired gunshots outside the home. No one was hurt.

Sentencing is scheduled for August.


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