WI Supreme Court candidate jailed man 2 years for raping veteran, said ‘part of me’ wanted to give probation

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First on the fox: Janet Protasevich, a Wisconsin judge Running for a state Supreme Court seat, he has a long history of light sentences for sex offenders, including a man she jailed for just over two years after brutally raping an Army veteran in 2019.

Robert Gusinski, 42, was charged with pushing a veteran against the icing of a car and vaginally and anally raping her in a bar alley in January 2019. The victim told the court she suffered physical injuries, nightmares and severe anxiety from the attack that led to months of treatment and related hospitalizations. with mental health.

“Is the test right for you, given the fact that you have many favorable social characteristics?” Protasiewicz said to Gusinski during sentencing, according to court minutes. “And I weigh that very carefully. It’s not an easy call, Mr. Gusinski.”

“As much as a part of me would like to put you on probation,” the judge said at the time, “I can’t do it.” “It’s not a probationary case.”

Judge Janet Protasevich on stage during the live recording of the "pod saving america," Hosted by WisDems at the Barrymore Theater on March 18, 2023 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Judge Janet Protasevich onstage during the live recording of “Pod Save America,” hosted by the WisDems at the Barrymore Theater on March 18, 2023 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jeff Scheer/Getty Images for WisDems)

Guzinski pleaded guilty to the third degree sexual assaultfor which he faced a maximum of 10 years in prison, but Protasevich gave him 2.5 years in prison, with credit for 52 days already served, followed by 2.5 years of probation.

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In March 2019, John Spivey, 51, was accused of repeatedly punching his 79-year-old aunt in the face, smothering her with a pillow until she passed out, and raping her in her apartment. He was convicted of incest and beating an elderly victim with aggravated circumstances.

During the sentencing, Protasevich praised Spivey for taking “some responsibility” to plead guilty to those two charges, but added that she had “concerns” about his character.

Janet Protasevich, Milwaukee County Judge and state Supreme Court contestant, takes part in a candidate forum at Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin January 9, 2023.

Janet Protasevich, Milwaukee County Judge and state Supreme Court contestant, takes part in a candidate forum at Monona Terrace in Madison, Wisconsin January 9, 2023. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Spivey had an extensive criminal history prior to sentencing, including at least three prior felony prison terms for possession of a firearm, resisting an officer and driving a motor vehicle without consent.

Spivey faced a maximum of 25 years in prison for the crime, but Protasiewicz gave him a total of five years in prison for both counts, with credit for 1.5 years already served, followed by five years of probation. The dismissed strangulation and strangulation charge was read out during sentencing, but Protasevich said she would only sentence Spivey to what he “pled guilty to, incest and severe battery,” according to the transcript.

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates Janet Protasevich, right, and Dan Kelly, center left.

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidates Janet Protasevich, right, and Dan Kelly, center left. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

In March 2019, 38-year-old Nicholas Grzybowski was accused of sexually assaulting his 13-year-old niece while she was sleeping. The victim said she was asleep on her uncle’s couch when she woke up to him groping her buttocks while he was naked, and that he told her to undress and offered to have more sexual intercourse, according to the court transcript.

Prosecutors sought three to five years in prison followed by seven years of probation, but Protasevich served three years in prison for child solicitation, with a credit of 65 days already served, followed by five months of probation.

Nicholas J.  Grzybowski, was sentenced to three years in prison after sexually assaulting his 13-year-old niece while she was sleeping.

Nicholas J. Grzybowski, was sentenced to three years in prison after sexually assaulting his 13-year-old niece while she was sleeping. (Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department)

Protasevich, a judge in the Milwaukee County Court in Wisconsin, will face Dan Kelly, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court judge, next Tuesday, but Wisconsin voters have already been casting their ballots since March 21. While the race is technically a nonpartisan race, Kelly was endorsed by former President Trump in 2020, and Protasevich won the endorsement of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last week.

The winner will determine majority control of the court, with the fate of abortion access, legislative redistricting, voting rights, election rules and other major issues at stake.

Fox News Digital reported this Monday Protasiewicz previously commented A convicted domestic assailant was sentenced to prison before killing two people in January 2019.

In January 2016, Protasevich suspended Matthew Newman’s 18-month prison sentence and placed him on two years’ probation after he pleaded guilty to endangering safety with a handgun during his drunken and disorderly conduct, both with a domestic violence rate. He also had a long criminal history prior to the killings, including previous convictions for drunk driving and stolen property.

Four years after Protasevic was sentenced, in February 2020, Neumann sinner He killed two of his cleaning company employees and burned their bodies on a hunting property he rented in East Troy. He was sentenced to 72 years in prison.

Matthew G. Newman was found guilty of killing and cremating two of his cleaning company employees on a hunting property in East Troy that he was renting back in January 2019.

Matthew G. Newman was found guilty of killing and cremating two of his cleaning company employees on a hunting property in East Troy that he was renting back in January 2019. (Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office)

He encountered Protasiewicz Republican criticism This led to his sentencing practices for sex offenders, leading to the nickname “No Jail Janet” on social media.

Kelly Protasevich was slammed for “poor judgment of crime” during last Tuesday’s first and only debate, citing her ruling on 23-year-old Jovian Reese, who was found guilty of sexually assaulting his cousin in 2018. While Reese faced a maximum penalty, the Daily Mail reported that he After serving 10 years, Protasevich sentenced him to 14 months in prison.

Protasevich defended her record and said the case was “handpicked”. When asked in February if she would rule differently in any previous cases, she said no.

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“Every case is unique,” she said. “Integrity is one of my hallmarks. Absolute integrity. I looked at what I looked at in each of those unique cases and made the decision I thought was appropriate.”

The Protasiewicz campaign did not respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.

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