By Shereen Siewert
One of four 18-year-old men accused of beating a 15-year-old boy and leaving him in the woods near the Wausau School Forest in an apparent attempted robbery was sentenced to a year in jail and three years probation, in a hearing Monday in Marathon County Circuit Court.
Devin W. Noskowiak, of Wausau, was convicted of child abuse, according to online court records. As part of a plea agreement charges of robbery, criminal damage to property and bail jumping were dismissed but read in at sentencing.
Noskowiak was granted 232 days credit for time served behind bars while awaiting trial. Circuit Judge Greg Strasser presided over the sentencing hearing.
Police say in July, the young men picked up the 15-year-old alleged victim before telling him they were planning a robbery to finance a purchase of drugs. The men allegedly drove the boy to the Wausau School Forest and walked into the woods when an argument ensued. That’s when one of the suspects pulled a knife and threatened to kill the boy.
The alleged victim was beaten but was not stabbed. He was left in the woods without a cell phone and walked to nearby CTH KK, where he flagged down a passerby who called 911. The boy was transported to a local hospital and was treated for his injuries.
Colton Bradberry, of Schofield; and Mitchell Tesch and Curtis Schulz, all of Wausau, were also charged in connection with the beating.
Bradberry was convicted in November in several cases, including the beating, and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Cases for Tesch and Schulz have not yet concluded.