Friday, November 11, 2016

Trash Out Sub-Contractor Gets One Month In Jail For Pilfering Murdered Couple's Personal Belongings In Their Foreclosed Home

In Oneida County, Wisconsin, the Star Journal reports:
  • A 39-year-old Kaukauna man, who was convicted by a jury in Oneida County Circuit Court on three counts of burglary and a felony theft charge for taking items last year from the town of Piehl residence where Thomas and Jennifer Ayers were killed, was sentenced [] to a month in jail.

    Judge Michael H. Bloom ordered Mark F. Spietz, who was also placed on probation for 18 months, to begin the jail sentence sometime in the next six months, noting Spietz received a day of credit for time served and will be eligible for Huber-release privileges. Spietz was also ordered to pay $590 in restitution, plus a $59 surcharge, in addition to the $940 that had been seized from him, to cover towing charges related to the case.

    Spietz, who had been arrested last October when he was accused of taking numerous items that belonged to the Ayers family, contracted with TruAssets, a company which handles properties going through foreclosure. However, the terms of his contract did not allow him to remove personal property from the Ayres residence.

    Some the items Spietz was accused of taking from the residence included all-terrain vehicles as well as a purse. Bloom noted all the items removed were subsequently recovered.
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    Oneida County district attorney Michael W. Schiek had recommended that Spietz be placed on 2-3 years of probation and sentenced to 6-9 months jail, also arguing Spietz took the property for his own personal use and that a jail sentence would deter others from wanting to steal from residences involved in foreclosures.

    Though Spietz wasn’t involved in the homicides of Thomas and Jennifer Ayers, for which Ashlee Martinson is serving a prison sentence, Schiek said Spietz knew the couple was killed at the residence and took property from there.

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