Commonwealth woman sentenced to jail, probation


Staff Writer

FLORENCE, Wis. – A Commonwealth, Wis. woman who possessed illegal drugs in her home and stole packages from the Spread Eagle, Wis. area has been sentenced in Florence County Court.

Stephanie Schuls, 37, was ordered Tuesday to serve 120 days in jail. In addition to the jail time, she must serve three years of probation.

During probation, Schuls must begin an in-patient treatment program within 60 days of release from jail, submit to an alcohol and drug assessment, not consume alcohol, not enter any bars or taverns, submit to random drug screens, maintain full-time employment, perform 100 hours of community service, and pay restitution of $750.

If she violates her probation, she will be required to serve a year and a half in prison followed by one year of extended supervision.

Schuls was sentenced on three felony counts of possession of narcotic drugs, three misdemeanor counts of theft of movable property, one misdemeanor count of receiving and concealing stolen property, one misdemeanor count of possession of an illegally obtained prescription, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nine similar felony and misdemeanor counts were dismissed in a plea deal.

The charges stem from two separate incidents.

In November 2012, deputies from the Florence County Sheriff’s Department were in the process of investigating Schuls for theft and forgery. They conducted a search warrant on her residence and discovered traces of oxycodone, amphetamine, and morphine, as well as syringes, spoons with residue, smoking devices, stolen prescription drugs, and marijuana.

In July 2013, Schuls was accused of stealing packages from the Spread Eagle Chain of Lakes area.

She was caught after deputies and a postal inspector placed a gift card in a bait package. Surveillance footage showed that she was at the Murphy gas station in Iron Mountain when the card was redeemed there.

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