CHIPPEWA FALLS — Chippewa County Judge James Isaacson had a message Thursday for a 23-year-old defendant sentenced to 20 years in prison.
“I think your actions have to have consequences,” Isaacson told Jesse R. Lloyd after imposing a sentence, which also included 15 years of extended supervision upon his release from prison.
In October, Lloyd was acquitted by a jury for his role in the March 2016 shooting death of 31-year-old Kenneth Patterson, but he was convicted of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Chippewa County District Attorney Wade Newell Thursday asked that Isaacson sentence Lloyd to 35 years — 25 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision for the conspiracy charge — and 10 years — five years in prison and five years of extended supervision — on the firearm charge, with sentences running consecutively, meaning Lloyd would have to finish serving one sentence before starting the sentence for the other.
“While the defendant was not convicted of the homicide, … I think the death of Kenneth Patterson is a factor (here),” Newell told Isaacson.
Aaron Nelson, Lloyd’s attorney, disagreed, reminding the judge more than once that his client had been found not guilty of being party to the crime of first-degree intentional homicide.
“We concede this is a prison case, … (but) we’re asking for a reasonable number,” he said in regards to sentencing.
Nelson recommended a 12-year sentence — six years imprisonment and six years of extended supervision — for the conspiracy charge and five years — 1½ years imprisonment and 3½ years of extended supervision — for the firearm charge, with the sentences running concurrently, meaning Lloyd would serve the sentences at the same time.
Patterson’s body was found by a passer-by at 9 a.m. March 14, 2016, near the intersection of 83rd Avenue and 162nd Street, northeast of Chippewa Falls in the town of Eagle Point.
Patterson had been shot once in the right leg, with the shot striking a vein and damaging the artery, causing him to die of blood loss.
Lloyd and Matthew L. Labrec, 23, were arrested days after Patterson’s body was found. In May 2017 Labrec, who pleaded guilty to armed robbery with use of force and possession of a firearm by a felon, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. A charge of first-degree intentional homicide was dismissed.
For his part in the crime, Lloyd told Isaacson Thursday he took full responsibility for his actions.
“The amount of remorse and disappointment I hold for myself cannot be described in words,” Lloyd said. “… During these past two years I’ve been incarcerated, it’s given me a chance to sit down and realize what I truly want out of life, and this is not it.”
In order to one day live a better life, Lloyd said he took steps to improve himself while incarcerated, including earning his high school equivalency diploma and five college credits and gaining employment skills while working at the institution where he is incarcerated.
Before imposing sentence, Isaacson reviewed Lloyd’s brushes with the law from 2008 forward. A number of the charges filed against him involved drugs and some the possession of weapons.
“I’m concerned about your fascination with weapons,” the judge told Lloyd.
Isaacson noted Lloyd also had his probation revoked more than once.
Lloyd will receive credit for 1,029 days served. Once he is released from prison, he must maintain full-time schooling or employment; submit to random urine screenings; undergo an alcohol and other drug assessment; not possess or use any alcohol, illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia; not enter any bars, taverns or liquor stores; and not have any contact with anyone involved in illegal activity.
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