Jail sentence in bar fight
By NIKKI YOUNK
FLORENCE, Wis. – A Norway woman who bit and injured another woman during a bar fight in Aurora, Wis. has been sentenced to serve one month in jail.
Alicia Trottier, 23, also must serve two years of probation, perform 50 hours of community service, and pay restitution in an amount yet to be determined.
Last week, Trottier accepted a plea agreement that dismissed her felony charge of substantial battery. As a result, she was only sentenced on misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct.
The charges stem from a March 5 incident in Aurora.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, the victim in the matter had been trying to break up a fight between Trottier and one of Trottier’s friends. Trottier then pulled the victim’s hair and bit her in the face and chest.
The victim went to Dickinson County Memorial Hospital for treatment of a bite to her right cheek and various scratch marks.
During sentencing in Florence County Court on Tuesday, Florence County District Attorney Douglas Drexler said that the incident resulted in “significant” injuries to the victim.
“There were very visible marks on her face, injuries that involved hospitalization,” he said. “This is a significant enough event it does warrant some jail time, it does warrant some restitution.”
Drexler informed the court that the victim had submitted hospital bills in the amount of $13,112 to be considered for restitution. Some bills were related to the victim’s initial hospitalization on March 7 and 8, while others were related to a subsequent hospitalization in early May.
Trottier’s attorney Gregory Seibold said that although there is no doubt that his client committed the crime, she was not in a state of mind to understand what she was doing. He claimed that Trottier’s alcohol use combined with some legal, prescribed drugs caused her to black out and not remember the night in question.
“My client has never had an experience like this before in her life,” said Seibold. “This is not in her character.”
On the topic of restitution, Seibold felt that Trottier should only be liable for the bills relating to the victim’s initial hospitalization on March 7 and 8.
When given the opportunity to address the court, Trottier apologized for her actions.
“I’d like to say I’ve never had alcohol affect me the way it did that night,” she said. “I’m very ashamed of everything that happened.”
Judge Leon D. Stenz noted that the victim claimed permanent damage to her tear duct and several scars as some of the injuries she sustained.
He then pointed out that Trottier not remembering the incident is a “double-edged sword.” Although she might not normally do something like this, she does drink to excess and commit crimes, he said.
However, Judge Stenz did accept Seibold’s opinion that Trottier should only be liable for the victim’s initial bills. The victim has the opportunity to request a hearing within 10 days to plead her case on the other bills.
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