Source: Lake Geneva Regional News

Three more charged in home invasion

by Rob Ireland

February 28, 2013

Three more people face felony charges after a violent Delavan home invasion during which a man was beaten and stabbed.

The Walworth County District Attorneyís Office recently filed three felony charges against Daylan Love, Stephanie N. Vierck and Miranda K. Decker, all 25 and of Delavan.

Love, Vierck and Decker face charges of false imprisonment, strangulation and suffocation and first-degree recklessly endangering safety, as a party to a crime with the use of a dangerous weapon.

If convicted, all three face up 29 1/2 years imprisonment and $45,000 in fines. Vierck faces an additional misdemeanor charge of obstructing an officer.

A warrant has been issued for Loveís arrest.

Steven C. Spencer, 32, 266B Wright St., was the first person charged in the case. He is accused of entering the home and slicing the manís abdomen.

Spencer faces the same charges as Love, Vierck and Decker. However, he faces additional prison time because he has a prior conviction for substantial battery.

If convicted of all counts, he faces up to 34 1/2 years imprisonment and $60,000 in fines. He has pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Dec. 10, 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 victimís 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 victimís 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 cm deep wound in his abdomen area and the victimís 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 manís residence to ďscareĒ 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 victimís home the night of the attack.