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UPDATE: Fond du Lac man sentenced to 79 years and 5 months in prison for shooting that left one paralyzed

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THURSDAY 4/29/2021 1:05 p.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) – The man who was convicted of 13 felonies and one misdemeanor last week has been sentenced to 79 years and five months of initial prison confinement.

According to the District Attorney, Delaney Watt was sentenced by the Honorable Peter Grimm to 79 years and five months of initial prison confinement and 63 years of extended supervision.

Watt was convicted on April 16 after a five-day trial. Watt was involved in a shooting that left one victim paralyzed and another victim that had to be flown to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee.

“This sentence will never allow one of the victims to walk again or take away the scars and trauma from another victim that was shot but serves as a reminder of the violence associated with drug dealing in our communities. I applaud the Court for this sentence which, should serve as strong message for anyone seeking to engage in drug dealing and violent crime in our communities,” says District Attorney Eric Toney.

ORIGINAL: Fond du Lac man convicted for shooting that paralyzed one in 2018
FRIDAY 4/16/2021 9:52 p.m.

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (WFRV) – Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney announced that a jury convicted a Fond du Lac resident Friday involved in a shooting that left one person paralyzed.

According to the criminal complaint, Delaney Watt was convicted of 13 felonies and one misdemeanor after a five-day jury trial. In total, officials say Watt faces a potential prison term of more than 200 years and 70 years of extended supervision.

In addition, the complaint says Watt’s conviction is the result of a shooting that occurred on Sept. 12, 2018, in the City of Fond du Lac near Forest Ave. Watt was convicted of firing three bullets at a group of people walking into an apartment complex.

Overall, two people were struck by Watt’s bullets. One became paralyzed from the waist down as a result of their injuries and the other suffered life-threatening injuries and was flown to Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee for treatment.

The court documents say the evidence reflected that the shooting appeared drug-related over a debt owed by one of the victims who was not struck by any bullets.

Officers say Watt was on probation at the time of the shooting and was identified as a suspect by an anonymous source. Watt was then located in a car observed leaving the scene of the shooting and was taken into custody on a probation hold less than a day after the shooting.

The convictions are as follows:

  • Two class D felony counts of first-degree reckless injury with a dangerous weapon as a repeater.
  • Four class F felony counts of recklessly endangering safety with a dangerous weapon as a repeater.
  • Two class G felony counts of felon in possession of a firearm with a dangerous weapon as a repeater.
  • One class F felony count of endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm with a dangerous weapon as a repeater.
  • One class C felony count of possession of intent to deliver cocaine, greater than 40 grams, as a party to a crime, with a dangerous weapon, and as a 2nd and subsequent offender.
  • One class H felony count of possession with intent to deliver marijuana, greater than 200 grams but less than 1,000 grams, as a party to a crime, with a dangerous weapon, and as a 2nd and subsequent offender.
  • One class I felony count of maintaining a drug trafficking place as a party to a crime with a dangerous weapon, and as a 2nd and subsequent offender.
  • One class I felony count of possession of marijuana as a second and subsequent offender.
  • One class A misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer.

The complaint says numerous counts were dismissed during the trial to conform to the facts and evidence obtained during the trial.

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