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Colfax man sentenced to four years in prison for burglary

By LeAnn R. Ralph

MENOMONIE  —   A 37-year-old Colfax man found guilty on one felony count of burglary has been sentenced to four years of initial confinement and four years of extended supervision.

Danny E. Davis appeared in Dunn County Circuit Court with his attorney, Francis Rivard, on September 21 for a sentencing hearing before Judge Rod Smeltzer.

Davis pleaded no contest in Dunn County Circuit Court July 26 and was found guilty by Judge Smeltzer, who dismissed two other felony counts of burglary but ordered them to be read into the record for sentencing.

Judge Smeltzer also ordered a pre-sentence investigation (PSI) during the plea hearing in July.

In addition to the prison sentence and extended supervision, Judge Smeltzer ordered Davis to maintain absolute sobriety, to have no contact with any of the victims, to provide a DNA sample, to complete moral recognition programming and to complete any other other programming deemed necessary, including mental health programming and alcohol and other drug abuse assessment, and to follow through with paying restitution of $2,329.67.

The prison sentence is to be served concurrently with sentencing in Eau Claire County.

In 2010, Davis was sentenced to five years in state prison and five years of extended supervision and to pay $3,800 in restitution. According to online court records, information was filed in Eau Claire County on 15 felony counts of burglary, possession of methamphetamine, possession of an illegally obtained prescription, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.

In Dunn County, 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 County 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 that 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. 

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