Court of Appeals orders change in former Eau Claire County treasurer’s sentence

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(WQOW) — The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has directed the Eau Claire County Circuit Court to change part of the sentence for former Eau Claire County Treasurer Larry Lokken.

Lokken was sentenced for his role in stealing more than $1.3 million from the county with former deputy treasurer Kay Onarheim. Lokken is currently serving a nine-year sentence in the case.

In a decision filed Tuesday, the Wisconsin Court of Appeals found Eau Claire County Judge Jon Theisen considered the proper sentencing factors and that Lokken failed to show that his sentence was unreasonable or unjustifiable.

However, the court did find that a provision in Lokken’s sentence must be changed.

As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Lokken and Onarheim were ordered to pay more than $600,000 in restitution. Lokken was ordered to pay the money back within four and a half years or an additional five-year prison sentence would be imposed.

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals found the circuit court overstepped judicial authority in imposing those parameters. The appeals court directed the circuit court to amend that portion of the conviction, but did write that a condition of Lokken’s probation would be tied to paying restitution. It would then be the responsibility of the Wisconsin Department of Corrections to make the decision to revoke his probation.

Wisconsin Department of Corrections documents show Lokken is set to be released from prison on June 13, 2025.

Randall Paulson, Lokken’s attorney, told News 18 that Lokken has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to review his case.

 

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer and an Evening Anchor.

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