Unlawful imprisonment suspects accept plea deals


Staff Writer

CRYSTAL FALLS – Two defendants accused in an unlawful imprisonment case in Iron County have accepted plea deals on lesser charges and will be sentenced on Sept. 3.

William Paul Campbell, 20, of Iron River and Caleb Drew Gardner, 20, of Waukesha, Wis. appeared in Iron County Trial Court on Monday for plea hearings.

They testified that while camping in Iron River Township on May 26, they confined a 19-year-old woman in the trunk of a vehicle, then left her out in the woods. She was eventually able to escape.

Campbell and Gardner were each originally charged with one felony count of unlawful imprisonment and one misdemeanor count of domestic violence.

Pursuant to plea deals with Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell, each defendant pleaded guilty to an amended felony count of attempted unlawful imprisonment. The domestic violence charges were dismissed.

Each defendant still faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

In other Iron County Trial Court action:

– Kyle Bodin Remer, 23, of Iron River accepted a plea deal on charges related to a breaking and entering at the Northland Marathon gas station in Caspian.

During the plea hearing, he testified that he broke into the business on March 25 in order to steal a bottle of alcohol and some cigarettes.

Remer pleaded guilty to one felony count of breaking and entering and one misdemeanor count of receiving and concealing stolen property from a separate case.

Charges of larceny and marijuana possession were dismissed.

Remer still faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison when he is sentenced on Sept. 3.

Nikki Younk’s e-mail address is nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.