By Brandi Makuski
After several other charges against her were dropped, reduced or delayed judgment, a Stevens Point woman will spend 360 days in jail for her fourth OWI.
Kera Larson, 32, appeared before Judge Robert Shannon on Wednesday for sentencing on several charges stemming back to 2014.
Larson was charged with second-degree recklessly endangering safety, being armed while intoxicated and intentionally pointing a firearm at a person. Other charges against her include felony possession of THC, second offense; fourth-offense operating with a positive blood alcohol content; resisting an officer; interfering with custody/beyond visitation; and more than a dozen counts of bail-jumping.
Several of the lesser charges were dismissed but read in for sentencing.
Larson was due for sentencing in December, but her attorney, Eric Sheets, argued Larson’s pregnancy was a high-risk one, and that Larson’s doctors were, at that time, recommending she not serve time in jail. Larson was still visibly pregnant on Feb. 22.
“The state is recommending the aggravated guidelines for the fourth OWI offense, based on the defendant’s [breathalyzer] test result of .292,” Assistant District Attorney David Knaapen said in court on Wednesday. “That would call for the 360 days [in] jail, a fine of $6008, 36-month revocation of license and ignition interlock and a DOT assessment.”
Three of the cases against Larson, felony possession of THC–later reduced to a misdemeanor count in exchange for a guilty plea–being armed while intoxicated, and interfering with child custody were given a deferred judgement status, meaning if she successfully completes her jail sentence, probation and AODA treatment, the charges will be dismissed.
“In the defendant’s view, it allows her to avoid a felony conviction,” Knaapen said after the hearing of the deferred judgement. “From our point of view, [the charges] are hanging over her head and if she gets revoked, then we bring those cases back and she’s sentenced on those.”
Larson was most recently arrested on June 30, 2015 after firing a gun during a domestic dispute on the 800 block of Meadow Street. Police say the bullet exited the home and lodged itself into the wall of a neighboring residence.
A man in the home suffered a minor bite wound during the disturbance, but no other injuries were reported.
Larson was taken into custody following Wednesday’s hearing to begin her sentence at the Portage Co. Jail.