September 17, 2013 | 12:42 PMELKHORN — A Walworth County jury reached a deadlock while deliberating a case involving a man who allegedly attacked two Walworth County Sheriff's deputies.
Daniel White, 41, Sugar Creek, faces felony charges of battery to a police officer, use of a dangerous weapon, and failure to comply with an officer's attempt to take a person into custody.
If convicted of the two felonies, White faces up to 14.5 years imprisonment and $20,000 in fines. He also faces misdemeanor charges of resisting an officer and disorderly conduct.
Although the jury deadlocked on those charges, it did find White not guilty of felony bail jumping.
On Monday morning, Walworth County District Attorney Daniel Necci said the state will ask for another trial. Necci hopes that occurs on a speedy basis. However, Judge David Reddy will determine when the next trial is scheduled. White remains free from custody on bond.
On Sept. 22, 2012, deputies John Czerwinski and Matt Weber went to White's home in response to a disorderly conduct complaint. At the home, the deputies met White through a stockade fence. The deputies asked White to speak to them outside of the fenced-in area, but White refused.
Law enforcement's account of what happened next and White's version differ.
According to the Walworth County Sheriff's Department's press release, inside of White's stockade fence, White's pit bulls were running loose and deputies asked White to secure his dogs.
The criminal complaint states that White began to approach several baseball bats that were inside of the stockade fence.
The deputies than entered the fenced in area, and White allegedly punched Czerwinski several times in the face and hit him with a 2-by-2-by-12 piece of wood, according to the criminal complaint.
According to the sheriff's department press release, during the struggle, White's dogs bit both deputies and White.
"The pit bulls bit both deputies. One of White's pit bulls bit him in the face during this struggle," a Sept. 25, 2012, Walworth County Sheriff's press release states.
"Deputy Weber was able to deploy his Taser which released the dog that was biting Deputy Czerwinski."
However, White has publicly declared his innocence in a series of videos that were filmed at his home and have been broadcasted on YouTube.
In his mug shot,White's face has obvious cuts and bruises. In the web videos White said the injuries he suffered were caused by the deputies, not his dogs. He denies that his dogs bit him or the deputies during the struggle.
"This is a punch in the face," White says while pointing to a cut on his upper lip. "This here is a scar where I got punched with the guy with his ring."
In the video, White said he refused to exit his gated-in fence.
"Don't you people know that there is a Constitution and I, as a civilian, have rights," White states in his video.
White claims that one of the deputies pulled out his firearm and pointed it at the dog's head. White said the deputies ripped apart his fence to enter his property.