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May 20, 2014 | 01:12 PMELKHORN — A 33-year-old man who sliced someone’s stomach during a violent home invasion was sentenced to three years in prison on May 2 by Judge David Reddy.
Steven C. Spencer of Delavan was also sentenced to three years of extended supervision after he pleaded guilty to felony charges of strangulation and false imprisonment.
On Dec. 10, 2012, Spencer and three others broke into a man’s apartment and beat him.
The man escaped through a window in his home.
Three other people involved in the attack have been convicted and sentenced.
Daylan M. Love, 26, was sentenced to two years in prison and three years of extended supervision on Feb. 27 by Reddy. Love pleaded guilty to the same charges as Spencer.
Miranda K. Decker, 26, of Delavan, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of false imprisonment and was sentenced to nine months in jail with work-release privileges and three years of probation.
Stephanie N. Vierck, 26, of Delavan, also pleaded guilty to a felony charge of false imprisonment. She was sentenced to three years of probation and six months in jail with work-release privileges.
However, the jail term was stayed and can be used at her probation agent’s discretion.
All four defendants were ordered to jointly pay $29,310.48 in restitution.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Dec. 10, 2012, the city of Delavan Police Department went to a home on Fourth Street for a battery complaint.
The victim told police he had been stabbed and beaten by Love and Spencer.
The victim’s girlfriend said she, the victim and her two children were asleep when they heard someone breaking into the home. The victim went downstairs and then told his girlfriend to dial 911.
The woman went downstairs to use the phone but was restrained by Vierck and Decker. Decker said the victim was getting what he deserved.
The woman said she saw Love and Spencer kicking and punching the victim, who was on the floor.
The victim and the woman escaped through a window and ran from the residence.
Three days after the attack, police interviewed the victim.
The victim said Love punched and kneed him, and Spencer choked him until he thought he would lose consciousness or die.
The victim said he felt Spencer reach toward his abdomen and felt a scratching followed by a heat sensation.
The victim’s girlfriend said she saw either Love or Spencer handling a knife.
The surgeon at Mercy-Janesville who treated the victim said he had a 5-centimeter-deep wound in his abdomen area and the victim’s stomach was penetrated.
When the victim could no longer fight back, Love sat on his back while Spencer used tape to bind his wrists.
Decker and Vierck kicked and spat at him as he laid on the floor.
Police spoke with Vierck, Decker and Love. Decker said the four of them went to the man’s residence to “scare” him.
Love admitted to attacking the victim with Spencer.
Love told police that he was sorry for the attack and agreed that things got out of hand.
Initially, Vierck told police she had not seen Love on the day of the attack.
She also told police that Spencer was at her home with her children during the attack.
However, she later admitted she was with Love, Decker and Spencer at the victim’s home the night of the attack.