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Former Wheeler man sentenced to 3 years in prison for assault

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE — A 25-year-old former Wheeler resident has been sentenced to three years in prison and nine years of probation in Dunn County Circuit Court for sexual assault.

Brian J. Thibado pleaded no contest to one Class C felony count of the second-degree sexual assault of a child in July.

The Honorable Rod W. Smeltzer sentenced Thibado December 13.

Dunn County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Maki asked the court to sentence Thibado to seven years in prison and 11 years of probation.

Thibado’s attorney, Peter Morin, asked that the court to sentence Thibado to five years in jail but to have the sentence stayed and that a condition of probation be six months in jail with Huber privileges.

Judge Smeltzer sentenced Thibado to 12 years all together, with three years in prison and nine years of extended supervision, and also ordered Thibado to have no contact with the victim and to have no contact with any minors under 18 unless supervised.

In addition, Thibado was ordered to register as a sex offender and to pay $944 in restitution and $268 in court costs.

As a convicted felon, Thibado is not allowed to own a firearm, and the right to vote is prohibited.

Thibado made an initial court appearance on the felony charge of second-degree sexual assault in November of 2012.