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February 21, 2020

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Hanson makes court appearance in aggravated battery case, pleads not guilty
A local Iowa County man made his appearance on Tuesday at the Iowa County Courthouse for allegedly beating one of his customers.
Jason A. Hanson, 44, is charged with one count of aggravated battery, one count of misdemeanor battery, one count of criminal trespassing, and one count of obstructing an officer. He plead not guilty to all of these charges on Tuesday, with his attorney Jeffrey William Purnell present.
According to the criminal complaint, filed by Mineral Point Officer William Ottoway, Officer Neil Pilling was dispatched to 518 Fountain Street in the City of Mineral Point for a reported disturbance. At this residence were Michelle L. Leahy and Robert F. Smith. Pilling spotted Hanson running from the area, and warned him to stop twice before drawing his X2 tazer.
After Hanson was tazered, Pilling proceeded with Hanson's arrested and was assisted by Iowa County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Havlik. Havlik returned to his vehicle for rubber gloves to remove the tazer contacts. Hanson asked Pilling to shoot him at this time, at which point Pilling responded that he wouldn't do that.
Hanson was then taken to the Iowa County Jail. Pilling went to the 518 Fountain Street residence, and observed EMT's tending to Leahy, who had been sitting inside of the front door. Leahy was transported to Upland Hills Hospital and later transported to UW-Madison.
Ottoway conducted an interview with Leahy on September 18 at 4:29 p.m. Leahy stated that she was in her living room when hearing a knock on the rear door. After opening the door, Leahy stated that "she saw fists and arms coming at her," and that she saw Hanson as he was swinging at her.
Ottoway also had a recorded interview with Smith that same night. He said to Officer Ottoway that he was in the living room when he heard Leahy screaming. When running to the rear of the house and into the kitchen he saw Leahy held down to the floor with a person standing over her punching her head multiple times. Smith reacted by pushing this person, later identified as Hanson, away from Leahy. Hanson reacted by knocking Smith to the ground and Smith was struck with five or six blows to the face neck and head.
After pushing the person out of the rear door, Smith realized that it was Hanson and heard him say, "This is not about us (Smith and Hanson), this is about her. Billy (Billy Lawinger) put me up to this. He paid me to do this."
The altercation between Smith Leahy and Hanson was reported to be stemmed from cement work that they hired Lawinger to do. Smith and Leahy were not satisfied with the work and they refused to issue the final payment until the work was done correctly.
If convicted of these charges, Hanson faces the following:
-Aggravated battery: a fine not exceeding $50,000, or imprisonment not exceeding 15 years, or both.
-Misdemeanor battery: a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment not exceeding nine months or both.
-Criminal trespassing: a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment not exceeding nine months, or both.
-Obstructing an officer: a fine not exceeding $10,000 or imprisonment not exceeding nine months, or both.
A status conference is scheduled for April 7, 2020 at 11 a.m.

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