A man whose sentence included jail time following a 2016 hit-and-run had his probation revoked and will now be headed to prison.
Jacob Hellenbrand-Bell, 21, Waunakee was sentenced to five years in prison and three years of extended supervision by Green Lake County Judge Mark Slate Thursday.
In April, Hellenbrand-Bell was given a withheld sentence, ordered to serve one year in jail and five years of probation after he entered no-contest pleas to charges of possession of marijuana as a repeat offense, repeated bail jumping, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated as a second offense causing injury.
At Thursday’s hearing, the victim of the 2016 hit-and-run, a young Lodi woman, asked the court: “I’m just wondering why he had 60 days free?”
Slate called the question fair and explained that following conviction, defendants are often given time to get their affairs in order before serving their sentence.
“In retrospect, I agree with you,” Slate said. “That was a bad choice to give him time out because of what happened.”
Before imposing a sentence, Slate addressed the victim directly: “I apologize; you were right.”
Hellenbrand-Bell was convicted of driving a car at speeds approaching 100 mph when he sideswiped a motorcyclist on County Highway J near McGowan Road, near Lodi. That woman was hospitalized for three weeks for treatment as she underwent a skin graft to repair the section of her calf where the skin was sheared off by Hellenbrand-Bell’s vehicle.
During that time, she explained, she had to take an incomplete on a semester of college courses, suffering through rehabilitation, unable to take any pain medication more potent than Tylenol.
When Hellenbrand-Bell was sentenced April 6, Slate gave a withheld sentence with one year in jail and five years probation, with jail time to begin on June 1.
On April 15, Hellenbrand-Bell and 21-year-old Olivia Boomsma, of Rio, were approached by a Portage police officer at the Portage Kwik Trip North. The officer asked about a disturbance outside a Portage hotel earlier that evening. The two began fighting the officer as he took Hellenbrand-Bell into custody. Another Portage officer arrived on the scene and began taking Boomsma into custody, and after he brought Boomsma to the ground and was arresting her, Hellenbrand-Bell kicked the officer in the head, knocking him unconscious for almost 2 minutes.
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Boomsma and Hellenbrand-Bell were both taken into custody, with assistance from a passerby who worked in healthcare and previously worked in a corrections environment.
Defense attorney Roger Klopp said of his client, “He is a young man who has had a rough patch and made some very foolish decisions.”
Klopp said Hellenbrand-Bell has a “significant” substance abuse issue.
Hellenbrand-Bell apologized and told the court that his time in jail had helped him reflect on his actions and that it was time for him to change.
“When I’m high, it leads me to do stupid things,” he said.
“I remember (the victim) said that if I don’t do something, you were going to hurt somebody else,” said Slate, recalling the original sentencing hearing. “That’s exactly what happened.”
Slate said that for a young person, Hellenbrand-Bell had an extensive criminal record already.
“You were young and you expressed remorse, much like you did today and in fact when you said you learned your lesson, it rang a bell that you said something pretty similar the last time,” Slate said.
“But I also warned you that if you came back in front of me, the court’s not going to show you any mercy, and here you are. Nine days from the time you told me you learned your lesson, you went out, you drove recklessly, you argued with people, and you fought with law enforcement.”
Slate pointed out that he was not sentencing Hellenbrand-Bell for the incident with Portage police, but it was relevant to the current situation. Hellenbrand-Bell is scheduled for a jury trial in that case on Nov. 15.