Colfax man found guilty of burglary

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX  —  A 37-year-old Colfax man has been found guilty on one felony count of burglary while two other felony counts of burglary were dismissed but will be read into the record for sentencing.

Danny E. Davis pleaded no contest in Dunn County Circuit Court July 26 and was found guilty by Judge Rod W. Smeltzer.

Judge Smeltzer ordered a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) and scheduled a sentencing hearing on September 21.

Davis’s attorney, Francis Rivard, asked the court to modify the defendant’s $5,000 cash bail to a signature bond, but Judge Smeltzer denied the request.

Rivard also asked to have the “no contact” order lifted with Davis’s girlfriend, but Judge Smeltzer denied that request as well.

Davis initially was charged with three Class F felony counts of burglary in connection with break-ins at houses in the Town of Otter Creek, the Town of Menomonie and the Town of Colfax.

According to the criminal complaint, a woman who was watching a house for a resident in the Town of Otter Creek reported to the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department on March 18 she had noticed the kitchen window screen had been removed and the window was standing open.

The woman contacted the homeowner about what could be missing from the house and reported to sheriff’s deputies that two plastic bags full of coins and cash totaling about $200 were no longer in the master bedroom.

The Dunn Count Sheriff’s Department received a report of another burglary on March 28 at a house in the Town of Menomonie. The homeowner reported a small safe was missing and that the last time he had opened the safe was March 26. The safe contained five vehicle titles, two land titles, cash, a marriage license, a passport and several thousand dollars worth of United States Savings Bonds, according to the complaint.

The Dunn County Sheriff’s Department received a telephone call from Colfax Police Chief William Anderson on May 22. Police Chief Anderson reported he’d had a conversation with a probation agent who said he had information about recent burglaries committed by Danny Davis.

Davis had told a woman he had committed another burglary in the Town of Colfax and had entered the house through a back window. In the house, he had found an unlocked safe and bragged he had stolen $3,000 from the safe. Davis had said, too, he had stolen semi-truck rims and car batteries from a previous employer, Sundstrom’s Septic Services in Colfax. Davis said he had sold the rims and batteries to a recycling yard, according to the complaint.

Dunn County deputies arrested Davis at his place of employment in Colfax, and after being taken to the Dunn County jail and read his Miranda rights, Davis said he has severe addictions and that most of the time when he committed crimes, “he was under hallucinations from the drugs.”

Burglary of a building or a dwelling is a Class F felony that, upon conviction, carries a penalty of a fine of up to $25,000 and/or a prison sentence of 12 years and six months.

The sentencing hearing for Davis on September 21 is scheduled at 9:30 a.m. 

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