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Former Wheeler man has probation revoked in case of false imprisonment

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE  —  A 27-year-old former Wheeler man convicted of first degree child sexual assault, false imprisonment, and strangulation and battery in three separate cases has had his probation revoked in the false imprisonment case.

Mykle J. McMahon, along with his attorney, Richard Yonko, appeared before Judge Rod W. Smeltzer in Dunn County Circuit Court August 24.

Judge Smeltzer ordered McMahon to serve two years of initial confinement and two years of extended supervision on the charge of felony false imprisonment.

McMahon was in custody at the time of the August 24 hearing, and court records list his address as the Waupun Correctional Institution.

In September of 2016, Judge Smeltzer had accepted McMahon’s plea of guilty to charge of felony false imprisonment, had withheld sentence and placed McMahon on three years of probation and as a condition of probation, ordered McMahon to serve 60 days in jail.

The two years of initial confinement and two years of extended supervision imposed on August 24 in the false imprisonment case are to be served concurrently with sentences imposed in the other cases.

In April of 2018, McMahon was sentenced to three years in prison and three years of extended supervision after pleading guilty to strangulation and battery.

McMahon initially was charged with two felony counts of strangulation/suffocation and second-degree recklessly endangering safety and misdemeanor battery with a domestic abuse modifier and use of a dangerous weapon modifier.

One felony charge of second-degree recklessly endangering safety was dismissed but read into the record for sentencing.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim in the strangulation and battery case reported in August of 2017, after arriving home from pontooning, McMahon had pushed her down and got on top of her. He bit her multiple times and also grabbed a knife and pointed it at her chest. The victim said she was afraid McMahon was going to stab her, so she held onto the knife blade to prevent him from stabbing her and received cuts to her hands that appeared to deputies to be partially healed.

McMahon then stuffed a VCR tape and a sheet into her mouth to muffle her screaming, grabbed her by the hair and punched her in the face and in the back of the head. The victim said McMahon then got off of her and grabbed a hatchet and threatened her with it by waving it around and swinging it at her a couple of times, the complaint states.

On the charge of first degree child sexual assault, Judge Michael Bitney sentenced McMahon to 15 years in state prison, 15 years of extended supervision and 15 years of probation on April 1, 2015, but imposed and stayed the sentence and ordered McMahon, as a condition of probation, to serve one year in the county jail.

As the result of a probation review hearing for the conviction of first degree child sexual assault, Judge Smeltzer ordered McMahon to spend 90 days in jail with Huber privileges and accepted a credit of 26 days for time already served.

A 12-year-old girl reported to a representative of the Dunn County Department of Human Services that McMahon had raped her in April of 2014.

According to court records, McMahon is six feet four inches tall and weighs 240 pounds.

McMahon told investigators the girl had consented to the sexual contact.

In the case of false imprisonment, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department received a call in August of 2016 from a staff member at Mayo Menomonie who reported a woman was in the emergency room being treated for injuries sustained in a domestic abuse incident at a residence on Railroad Avenue in the Village of Wheeler.

The 25-year-old woman told deputies on the previous night, she and McMahon were involved in a physical altercation in which McMahon allegedly suffocated her, pushed her around, took her keys and would not allow her to leave the residence.

The woman said she wanted to go home to the City of Menomonie so she could be closer to a hospital since she was due to give birth at any time. 

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