A Winona man facing a felony damage to property charge in Mower County District Court stemming from an incident in Austin in October of 2022, and who was also facing DWI and drug possession charges stemming from a traffic stop in Mower County in April of 2021 has been sentenced to jail time, supervised probation and restitution.
56-year old William Joseph Blanchard was convicted and sentenced Thursday to two years of supervised probation and $2,071 in fees and restitution for a felony charge of 1st degree damage to property, value reduced over $1,000 stemming from an incident in Austin on October 13th, 2022. A prison term of one year and one day was stayed for two years if Blanchard complies with the 17 different conditions of his probation.
Blanchard was also convicted and sentenced Thursday to two years of supervised probation for a gross misdemeanor charge of 5th degree drug possession stemming from a traffic stop in Mower County on April 8th, 2021. Judge Jeffery Kritzer stayed 340 days of a 364 day jail sentence for two years if Blanchard complies with the terms of his probation, and he was given credit for 24 days already served. Blanchard was also convicted and sentenced Thursday to two years of supervised probation for a misdemeanor charge of 4th degree DWI, under the influence of a controlled substance stemming from the same incident. Judge Kritzer stayed 66 days of a 90-day jail sentence for two years, and Blanchard was given credit for 24 days already served.
Judge Krtizer also determined that Blanchard will be allowed to serve all of his sentences concurrently, and a misdemeanor charge for driving after suspension, and a petty misdemeanor charge for possession of drug paraphernalia in the case against Blanchard from the traffic stop on April 8th, 2021 were dismissed with his guilty plea.