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Minocqua Man's Conviction Due To Backlogged Evidence Getting Tested


An initiative to get more backlogged sexual assault cases cleared up led to the jury conviction Wednesday of a Minocqua man for sexual assault of a person under age 13. Attorney General Josh Kaul announced that a jury in Oneida County found Brandon A. Darnick guilty of an assault that occurred in 2013.

The victim’s sexual assault kit was tested as part of the Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) in 2018.

Kaul's office says the conviction was the result of a joint effort by witnesses, Minocqua Police Department, Oneida County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory, Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, the Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Initiative team at the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

A sentencing hearing is set for March 23, 2020.  This crime carries a potential maximum sentence of up to 40 years in prison.