Man sentenced after trying to steal officer’s weapon in Jackson Co.

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Jackson County (WQOW) — A Black River Falls man, accused of trying to steal an officer’s stun gun, will spend time behind bars.

A Jackson County judge sentenced Ben Paprocki to three years in prison, followed by two years of extended supervision on Wednesday.

According to the criminal complaint, an officer responded to a call that a man was stumbling down the sidewalk on July 15. An officer made contact with Paprocki. During the course of their conversation, Paprocki informed him that he had 12 beers and smoked 4 grams of methamphetamine that day.

While the officer was making contact with Paprocki’s parole officer, he took off, yelling obscenities at the officer.

Paprocki was found two blocks later. When an officer approached to make the arrest, police said he tried to grab the officer’s stun gun. The officer was able to fend him off, and ultimately used the stun gun to take him into custody.

In addition to jail time, Paprocki was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. The judge also ordered that he maintain absolute sobriety until his sentence is finished.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the 10:00 PM Evening Anchor/Producer.

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