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Former Colfax woman sentenced to 100 days in jail for failing to pay court costs

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE  —  A former Colfax woman who was a student at Colfax High School at the time of an incident and was found guilty of misdemeanor battery has been sentenced to 100 days in jail for failing to pay court costs.

Jennifer E. Huffman, 19, along with her attorney Daniel J. Chapman, appeared for a sentencing hearing  on revocation in Dunn County Circuit Court before Judge James Peterson February 22.

Judge Peterson sentenced Huffman to 100 days in the county jail but allowed credit for 72 days already served.

Huffman initially was charged with one felony count of substantial battery causing bodily harm and two misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct for an incident that occurred in the commons area at Colfax High School after a disagreement had turned into an altercation with another student.

According to the criminal complaint, John Dachel, Colfax High School principal, reported Huffman had punched another student in the head repeatedly, had slammed the victim’s head on the floor and wall, and had pulled her hair, kicked her and scratched her.

Dachel also said a teacher had tried to break up the fight and was bitten by Huffman hard enough to break the skin and cause an injury.

Judge Peterson accepted Huffman’s plea of no contest to the charge of misdemeanor battery during a court hearing last August and found her guilty.

The judge withheld sentence and placed Huffman on one year of probation and ordered her to pay $243 in court costs and a $200 DNA surcharge.

Huffman also was ordered to complete 20 hours of community service by March 1, 2018, and to participate in any counseling ordered by her probation agent.

During the February 22 court hearing, Dunn County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Maki had recommended seven months in jail, while Chapman had asked for a lesser amount of jail time.

Huffman was in custody at the time of the February 22 court appearance.

During the sentencing hearing last August, Judge Peterson indicated Huffman’s criminal record could be expunged if she successfully completed probation and paid the court costs.

Bail was set for Huffman with a $500 signature bond in April of 2017.

The court had received notification December 12, 2017, that Huffman’s address had changed from Colfax to Menomonie.

According to online court records, a revocation order and a warrant for Huffman’s arrest were issued January 18.

During the sentencing hearing last August, Huffman was given 60 days to pay the $443 or she could set up a payment plan with the clerk of court’s office.

A deferred payment agreement was filed with the court September 26, 2017, and on December 12, a new deferred payment agreement was filed with a lower payment amount.

Battery is a Class A misdemeanor that carries a penalty of a fine of up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment of up to nine months.