Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Judge orders probation in battery case

December 20, 2012

A 22-year-old Elkhorn man, who was involved in a fight where another person was stabbed, pleaded guilty Dec. 13 to a felony charge of substantial battery.

Cole Sorg, 110 North Lincoln St., was sentenced to three years of probation. As a condition of his probation he must serve six months in jail with work release privileges.

He also was ordered to pay $28,632 in restitution, a total shared with several other co-defendants.

Misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and resisting an officer were dismissed but read into the record.

Three other people face charges related to the March 21 incident near Jackson Elementary School.

Alfredo Villarreal, 18, of Janesville, faces a felony charge of first-degree recklessly endangering safety. In a separate incident, after he allegedly missed court hearings, he was charged with bail jumping. He is scheduled for a Feb. 11 jury trial on both counts.

Clayton V. Rhymer, 19, Elkhorn, faces a felony charge of substantial battery and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. He is scheduled for a Jan. 3 hearing.

Alexander J. Rickert, 18, is charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He is next scheduled for a Feb. 5 status conference. In a separate incident, he faces three felony charges of delivering cocaine and is scheduled for a Jan. 17 hearing in that case.

According to the criminal complaint:

On March 21, officers with the city of Elkhorn Police Department were called to fight behind Jackson Elementary School.

When police arrived at the scene, they identified seven people, including Villarreal, Sorg, Rhymer and Rickert.

When police arrived, they spoke to Rafael Villegas, who had two puncture wounds to his stomach. Villegas said the injuries must have occurred during the fight. Villegas later went to Lakeland Medical Centerís emergency room for his injuries, and was flown to Froedert Medical Center in Wauwatosa.

Police located a knife with a blade about 5-inches long in the playground area of the school. A second knife was found at the bottom of a sewer drain near the school.

A detective interviewed Villarreal, who said he was given a knife from Rhymer. Villarreal also told police that during the fight he stabbed Villegas twice.