A Mauston man pleaded ‘no contest’ to a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property. 41-year old Raymond Walter was in a Juneau County Courtroom Thursday afternoon with attorney Rebecca Richards-Bria. Walter had originally been charged with felony ‘criminal damage to railroad’ along with co-defendants, 32-year old Joshua Jolitz and 26-year old Ninita Treuber. All three had been involved in pulling the cords on the Canadian Pacific Railroad gates, causing the gates to come down and the lights to engage. Thursday, Richards-Bria told the court Walter was harmless and he would give the shirt off his back if asked. Judge John Roemer said, “this is dangerous behavior.” He agreed to the plea agreement. Judge Roemer found Walter guilty of the lesser charge and fined him $10 plus court costs for a total of $265.60. The defendant is also required to pay back 100% of his attorney fees. According to court documents, last month Jolitz and Treuber also plead ‘no contest’ to the lesser charge of criminal damage to property. Their sentences were withheld and they were both placed on a 1-year probation plus a fine and court costs.
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