Criminal sentencing in Outagamie County
Recent convictions, sentencings and dismissals from Outagamie County felony cases involving local defendants or communities.
• Judge Mitchell Metropulos sentenced Daniel J. Kemp, 37, New London, to two years in prison and three years’ extended supervision.
Kemp pleaded no contest to second-degree recklessly endangering safety.
Kemp will serve nine months in jail consecutive with his prison sentence for a misdemeanor property damage charge.
Metropulos dismissed on a prosecutor’s motion two counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and one count of misdemeanor hit-and-run.
According to the criminal complaint, Kemp intentionally struck a vehicle driven by his girlfriend’s uncle after a fight on June 12, 2016.
The girlfriend was visiting Kemp and called her uncle for a ride because she said Kemp hit her.
As she left, Kemp pursued the uncle’s vehicle and rear-ended it at the intersection of Division Street and Beckert Road.
The uncle drove away, but Kemp caught up and sideswiped the uncle’s vehicle, sending it onto a lawn on Division Street.
Kemp fled the scene but left behind his front license plate.
Kemp is considered a repeat offender. In 2011, he was sentenced to three years in prison for choking a teen boy in New London.
• Judge Mark McGinnis placed James R. Skogman, 26, Hortonville, on three years’ probation.
Skogman pleaded no contest to taking a vehicle and fleeing police officers.
McGinnis dismissed but read into the record charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, burglary, two counts of misdemeanor property damage and misdemeanor retail theft.
Skogman was also ordered to pay $678 per month in restitution. He owes the court almost $25,000.
According to the criminal complaint, Skogman led police on a chase through Appleton on July 5, 2018.
He stole a vehicle from an unlocked residence on East John Street, drove to a BP gas station and took a bundle of firewood without paying.
Police found the stolen vehicle on Glendale Avenue and pursued it. Skogman drove through yards, on sidewalks, through a fence at PDQ Car Wash and into a squad car.
• Judge Gregory Gill Jr. ordered Jeffrey S. Vandenberg Jr., 27, Hortonville, to serve three years’ probation.
Vandenberg pleaded no contest to possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor bail jumping.
Two counts of misdemeanor bail jumping were dismissed but read into the record.
Vandenberg will serve three years of probation for the drug conviction and two years for bail jumping.
His sentence will be served consecutively with the nine-month jail sentence and two years’ probation that he was given for a separate bail jumping conviction after he violated a domestic abuse restraining order in Outagamie County.
According to the criminal complaint for the meth conviction, a Grand Chute police officer found about 20 grams of meth in Vandenberg’s pocket while searching him for a flashlight he was accused of shoplifting at Meijer on Dec. 15, 2018.
• Judge Vincent Biskupic ordered Thomas F. Peters, 39, Oshkosh, formerly Hortonville, to two years’ probation.
Peters pleaded no contest to misdemeanor counts of trespassing, property damage and disorderly conduct.
Peters also received a deferred prosecution agreement for a felony burglary charge. If follows the rules of his agreement for two years, the charge will be dismissed.
Charges of theft, disorderly conduct and two counts of property damage were dismissed but read into the record.
According to the criminal complaint, Peters broke into his ex-girlfriend’s Appleton residence on June 10, 2018.
Peters punched his ex’s partner, smashed his windshield, broke their TV and stole his ex’s
cellphone and purse.
Peters then used his ex’s phone to create fake text message conversations between her and her partner that portrayed her as an unfit mother.
• Gill placed Kim T. Arndt, 51, New London, on one year of probation.
Arndt pleaded no contest to battery to an emergency rescue worker and battery to a police officer.
Arndt’s sentencing conditions include he must complete 10 hours of community service for “an organization where they serve our country.”
According to the criminal complaint, Arndt punched in the face Gold Cross Ambulance EMT Jeffrey Daigle and kicked in the head New London Police Sgt. Joshua Wilson after they responded to Arndt’s home for an emergency call on March 27, 2016. Arndt had fallen down the stairs while intoxicated.
• Judge John Des Jardins placed Jennifer R. Armstrong, 31, Wild Rose, formerly New London, on two years of probation.
Armstrong pleaded no contest to methamphetamine possession and misdemeanor THC possession.
As part of a plea deal, Des Jardins dismissed but read into the record three counts of felony bail jumping and one count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia from a separate case.
Those four counts were filed after Appleton police found a glass pipe containing meth inside a vehicle in which Armstrong was a passenger during a traffic stop on July 2, 2018.
Shortly before those charges were filed, Armstrong had signed bonds in three criminal cases, agreeing not to commit further crimes: the aforementioned Outagamie County drug charges, felony retail theft and bail jumping charges in Fond du Lac County, and felony bail jumping in Waupaca County.
Last fall, Armstrong was ordered to serve two years’ probation and a month in jail for the Fond du Lac County charges.
Her case in Waupaca County remains open.
• McGinnis dismissed nine felony counts of failure to pay child support against Tim A. Kuppernus, 50, New London.
Kuppernus died on May 12.
He was accused of not making child support payments totaling over $38,000 between 2012 and 2017.