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Update on the Ely 6 - jail time, etc for the guilty

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See the Duluth News-Tribune article today - three tried - three guilty. It appears the three remaining individuals will be tried this summer on far more serious charges. I have a feeling they are in the hurt bag compared to the first three.

Three men sentenced for shooting incident in BWCAW

Duluth News Tribune and FOX 21

Published Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Three men were formally sentenced Monday in State District Court in Lake County for crimes they admitted to committing in the Basswood Lake shooting incident on Aug. 7, 2007.

All three were banned from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. In addition, they were ordered to complete chemical use assessment, must refrain from using alcohol and drugs during the probation and must agree not to associate with the other defendants. They also have agreed to testify against others involved in the incident.

Zachary Ross Barton, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of felony aiding and abetting terroristic threats and one misdemeanor count each of reckless discharge of a firearm and underage consumption of alcohol. Barton will serve 20 days in a local jail and three years of probation on the felony charge.

Casey James Fenske, 19, pleaded guilty to one felony count of aiding and abetting terroristic threats, a gross misdemeanor for criminal damage to property and a misdemeanor charge of reckless discharge of a firearm. Fenske will serve at least nine months at the Northeast Regional Corrections Center or a similar facility and will be on probation for three years. He also will pay $2,400 restitution for damage he inflicted on a federal water level gauging station on Basswood Lake in an earlier incident.

Travis John Erzar, 20, pleaded guilty to a felony count of aiding and abetting terroristic threats and a misdemeanor count of underage consumption of alcohol. Erzar will serve no jail time but will serve three years of probation. The felony will be reduced to a misdemeanor in Erzar’s court record if he serves the probation without problem.

Two other Ely men face a trial in the shooting incident and a juvenile also was charged.

Several campers on the lake that night reported dozens of gunshots and fireworks explosions in addition to being verbally threatened by six people in two boats.

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 Originally Posted By: kingfisher1
good. I'm glad they're not getting off easy.

I disagree. I think they're getting off pretty easy in light of what they had done to those campers that night. mad.gif

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THIS WILL SHOW THE WORLD THAT WE DONT TOLERATE TERRORIZING PEOPLE WITH GUNS!

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 Originally Posted By: kingfisher1
they could've gotten off easier............

And they could have killed someone with a stray shot into the woods.

I agree with Muleshack, they should have gotten worse!

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Maybe these three were not as serious offenders as the other three. I also think the 37 yo guy was the ring leader and should get a much stiffer sentence.

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I totally agreethat they should have gotten worse. All I was trying to say was that the judge could've gone easier on them.

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