Tuesday, July 23, 2013
7-23-13 kennedy sentence
A New Berlin man convicted for his role in a dog attack incident near Campbellsport that injured his son will not go to prison. Instead Fond du Lac judge Peter Grimm ordered 18 years on probation and an additional six months in the county jail for 43 year old Joel Kennedy on charges of substantial battery, not reporting a crime and reckless injury. In February Kennedy received a six month jail sentence and three years probation on a false imprisonment count related to the case. Kennedy is the victim’s father and investigators say he stood by and did nothing to stop Richard Lisko from ordering his Pit Bull to attack Kennedy’s son. Before he was sentenced Kennedy made a brief statement. "I know what I did was wrong and I apologize," Kennedy said. But in handing down his sentence Judge Grimm pointed out that Kennedy suffers from an autism disorder and "didn’t act rationally because he was paralyzed with fear." The judge said the case was all about Lisko who is scheduled to be sentenced Thursday.