Colfax man pleads guilty to false imprisonment and battery, sentenced to jail and probation

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE  — A 20-year-old Colfax man has pleaded guilty to felony false imprisonment and misdemeanor battery and has been sentenced to 40 days in jail and two years of probation.

Kedar J. Davis appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court with his attorney, Daniel Chapman, before Judge James Peterson September 29 for a plea and sentencing hearing.

[emember_protected] Judge Peterson accepted a Deferred Acceptance of a Guilty Plea (DAGP) agreement for one felony count of stalking.

A felony count of intimidating a victim and threatening force was dismissed on a prosecutor’s motion.

A felony count of bail jumping and a misdemeanor count of knowingly violating a domestic abuse order/temporary restraining order also were dismissed by Judge Peterson.

Judge Peterson dismissed a felony count of strangulation and suffocation, too, along with two misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct in a separate case brought against Davis.

On the charge of felony false imprisonment, Davis was ordered to have no contact with the 19-year-old victim and to complete any domestic violence programming ordered by his probation agent.

In addition, Davis was ordered to pay $268 in court costs, a $250 DNA surcharge, and a $100 domestic abuse surcharge.

Davis cannot vote and cannot possess firearms or body armor.

If Davis successfully completes probation and commits no further crimes and pays the court costs, the felony may be expunged from his record.

Judge Peterson also accepted Davis’s guilty plea on the misdemeanor battery charge and ordered him to pay $243 in court costs, to pay a $200 DNA surcharge and to provide a DNA sample.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim filed for a restraining order January 20, 2017.

Also on January 20, Davis signed a $1,000 signature bond, and the conditions of the bond included no contact with the victim associated with a case in which Davis is charged with one felony count of strangulation and suffocation and misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct.

The complaint goes on to say that on April 12, Davis forced the victim to recant previous statements made to the Dunn County district attorney and the victim-witness office so he “would not get more jail time” or “would not get a felony.”

Davis threatened to release inappropriate pictures of the victim to her family and to place them on social media. Davis also told the victim that if she testified, his family would testify she was “crazy” and said his family also would “jump” the victim, according to the complaint.

In addition, the complaint states Davis told the victim to tell the victim-witness office she had “imagined” he had strangled her.

In May, Davis held the victim in his van in the parking lot of the hospital in Menomonie and physically restrained her and would not let her go and also pulled her hair, grabbed her and pushed her, according to the complaint.

The victim is “extremely fearful of her life and safety. She feels as though (Davis) is watching her every move and is having members of his family watch her and stop by her work to keep an eye on her,” according to the complaint.

Davis also called the victim from random phone numbers “at all hours of the day and night.” The most recent telephone call was July 6 at around 1 a.m., the complaint states.

A review hearing in the case is scheduled in Dunn County Circuit Court on September 28, 2020. [/emember_protected]