Suspect in 2003 murder accepts plea deal
Latoya Wolf, 33, accepted a plea deal today in the 2003 murder of Kenneth Wells. Her initial charge of party to the crime of first degree intentional homicide was amended to party to the crime of second degree intentional homicide.
The maximum sentence for the amended charge is 60 years state prison, 40 initial confinement and 20 extended supervision. District Attorney Michael Schiek, appearing for the State of Wisconsin, made a recommendation for 25 years, 12 initial confinement and 13 extended supervision, as part of the plea agreement. Wolf offered a no contest plea to the amended charge and suggested sentence, and was found guilty by the court.
Sentencing will proceed on Nov. 6, after the related trial of Shannon Wolf on similar charges, in which Latoya Wolf is expected to testify in accordance with the plea bargain. Judge Michael Bloom, who presided over the case, noted that the court is under no obligation to accept the state-recommended sentencing or comply with the plea deal.
Kenneth Wells’ body was discovered on July 1, 2003, in the Wisconsin River. After no viable leads were produced in the initial investigation, the case was dropped until a change in leadership on the investigations unit, and Detective Sergeant Joshua Chiamulera began re-interviewing those involved in the case. Wolf was arrested on Jan. 16, 2015, after the decade-old case was reopened in January of 2014.