Sunday, December 4th, 2016

Elvis would have understood

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Earlier this week Steven Cowan was sentenced to probation for shooting his television.  I think we’re all familiar with the story:

According to a criminal complaint, Cowan’s wife, Janice, told police that they were watching “Dancing with the Stars” when Cowan became upset that Palin, the daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, appeared on the show. He said she was on the show because of politics, not because she was a good dancer, the complaint states.

Cowan brought a shotgun down from upstairs and fired into the television, then re-loaded it and threatened his wife, the complaint states.

Cowan has been sentenced with probation, and everyone got a good laugh, right?

Cowan was sentenced to three years of probation on the misdemeanor convictions, but under a plea agreement, Dane County Circuit Judge Nicholas McNamara withheld entering a conviction on the felony charge. If Cowan completes probation without any violations or further incidents he can ask that the felony be dismissed, under the agreement.

A charge of second-degree reckless endangerment was dismissed.

Cowan was sentenced to probation for shooting the television.  The charges stemming from pointing the shotgun at his wife were dropped.  For failing to obey police orders to surrender for 15 hours, he did plead no contest to a felony.  However, that will be dismissed if he keeps his nose clean for three years.

So he will actually be punished for shooting the television, which should not even be a crime. But threatening his wife and the police with a loaded shotgun is no big deal in Dane County.

And Dane County wonders why the rest of the state makes fun of it.

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