A Reedsburg man was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday for a burglary in which he ripped a safe from a wall at a Lime Ridge business.
The term of confinement for 21-year-old Christopher M. Skinner is to be followed by two years of probation. The sentence was jointly recommended by the prosecution and defense as part of a plea deal.
With the help of DNA evidence, a Sauk County Sheriff’s Office detective found that Skinner and another Reedsburg man, Andrew J. Krahenbuhl, 18, were responsible for a November 2016 overnight burglary at the Lime Ridge Agricultural Supply Center.
The two men used a pry bar to remove a wall safe from inside the business and transported it from the scene before opening it and removing its contents.
In a separate case, Skinner and two other men were charged with breaking into vehicles in Lake Delton.
During a sentencing hearing Thursday, Sauk County District Attorney Kevin Calkins said Skinner has multiple prior convictions for burglary, theft and criminal damage to property, and will have to reflect on his future while serving time.
“Frankly, we’ve run out of options for Mr. Skinner, which is unfortunate for someone of such a young age,” Calkins said. “But I think he needs to make a decision at this point.”
Skinner’s attorney, Kara Rolf of Baraboo, said her client has acknowledged that his criminal behavior feeds drug and alcohol addictions. Part of his sentence in a Juneau County burglary case required that he get treatment while on probation, but it wasn’t covered by the state Department of Corrections.
“It was something that (his family’s) insurance wouldn’t cover, and that they could not afford,” Rolf said, adding that her client is not likely to get treatment in prison. “Now we’re at the point where we’re sending a 21-year-old to prison who has never received treatment.”
Skinner declined to make a statement before Sauk County Circuit Court Judge Wendy Klicko accepted the joint recommendation and sentenced him to the three-year prison term. He will get 158 days credit for time already served.
“Time is going to pass and you are going to come out (of prison) a more mature man,” Klicko said, adding that the period of incarceration will give him a significant period of sobriety. She encouraged Skinner to be vigilant about managing his addictions upon his release.
Skinner must get treatment when he is released on probation. He also will have to pay restitution to his victims.