CHIPPEWA FALLS — A Cornell man who assaulted a man in his home in 2016 — and also beat up a girlfriend in a separate incident — was sentenced Thursday to 6½ years in prison, along with eight years of extended supervision.
Dustin G. Sachsenmaier, 35, 112 S. Second St., pleaded no contest in April in Chippewa County Court to substantial battery-intent to cause bodily harm, possession of a firearm by a felon, strangulation and suffocation, and bail jumping.
Judge Steve Cray read through the lengthy list of Sachsenmaier’s criminal history.
Sachsenmaier “has a history of undesirable behavior patterns,” Cray said.
Cray also ordered Sachsenmaier to serve 90 days in jail in addition to the prison sentence. Cray gave Sachsenmaier credit for incarceration time already served.
Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell argued for a 9½-year prison sentence along with 11 years of probation.
“What pops out is that Mr. Sachsenmaier is dangerous,” Newell told Cray. “He makes people afraid of him.”
Newell said Sachsensmaier has proven to be violent, lashing out at others who disagree with him.
Sachsenmaier thinks that “people who do anything wrong to him need to be punished,” Newell said. “This has been a long time in not following society’s rules.”
Newell pointed out that several different law enforcement agencies — including deputies from the sheriff’s office, the Chippewa Falls Police Department and Stanley police Chief Lance Weiland — were present to make a point that Sachsenmaier deserved punishment.
Defense attorney Erika Amundson said her client has shown horrible judgment, but she noted letters of support that say he is a loyal person and good to his children. However, Amundson acknowledged that Sachsenmaier has hurt people, and he wasn’t minimizing his past actions. He also has been working on his anger management while incarcerated. She urged for probation in the community with some jail time.
Sachsenmaier spoke before being sentenced, saying, “I’m extremely ashamed of where I am in my life.”
Sachsenmaier said he is a better man than his actions have shown him to be. He has struggled as he spoke to his children on the phone from jail, and they wonder why he isn’t coming home.
“I apologize to the court and the victims of my actions,” he said.
No one testified on Sachsenmaier’s behalf.
Before the sentencing, Cornell police Chief Brian Hurt testified that Sachsenmaier warranted a lengthy prison sentence.
“I’ve worked in law enforcement for 30 years. During this time, I’ve never addressed the court on any criminal case I’ve been involved in. I will make that exception for Dustin Sachsenmaier,” Hurt told Cray. “Dustin Sachsenmaier is a very dangerous person. He has been involved in more than 30 criminal cases in recent years. I’ve also been threatened by Dustin Sachsenmaier. I’m not afraid of him — just cautious.”
Hurt claimed that Sachsenmaier attempted to hire someone to have him killed.
“There are also numerous reports on him being involved in drugs in western Wisconsin,” Hurt said. “Dustin Sachsenmaier is nothing less than a local mob boss. This person has no remorse for what he’s done and has no regard for the law.”
In that assault case, the victim told authorities he had been in Sachsenmaier’s home and overheard Sachsenmaier and another man talking about stolen items in their possession. He also observed some of those items. The man said that Sachsenmaier and the other man assaulted him, hitting him with fists and a floor jack handle, and they also kicked him with steel-toed boots. Sachsenmaier also pointed a gun at his forehead and warned him that if he told anyone about the assault, Sachsenmaier would kill him and his family. He lost consciousness during the assault.
The victim later went to a hospital in Eau Claire, where he was diagnosed with a partially collapsed lung, a concussion, and deep bruising to his torso and knee.
Authorities searched Sachsenmaier’s home, where they recovered four guns. Sachsenmaier was convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child in 2004 and isn’t allowed to possess firearms.
That assault case led to the convictions of substantial battery-intent to cause bodily harm and possession of a firearm by a felon.
In August 2016, Sachsenmaier was charged with a domestic incident with his girlfriend that occurred in Cornell; that case resulted in the strangulation and suffocation conviction.
According to the criminal complaint in that matter, Sachsenmaier and his girlfriend got into a fight, and Sachsenmaier punched her in the head, choked her, and grabbed her by the throat. The officer observed marks on the woman’s neck and a bruise on her right cheek.
In another completely separate case, Sachsenmaier was convicted for beating up another inmate in the Chippewa County Jail.