Crystal Falls man accepts plea deal in Niagara stabbing, murder plot


MARINETTE, Wis. — A Crystal Falls man accused of stabbing a Niagara, Wis., man in the arm last year as part of a reported murder plot will be sentenced Nov. 12 after accepting a plea agreement Friday in Marinette County Court.

Online court records show 32-year-old Scott Lee Reed pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit first degree intentional homicide, a 60-year felony.

Reed’s co-defendant, 22-year-old Troy Daniel Evert Jr. of Crystal Falls, faces the same charge but hasn’t yet appeared in Marinette County Court, as he is now serving a minimum 25-month prison sentence in Michigan for a related arson charge.

Reed went to the Niagara man’s home Dec. 17, 2017, and told him to “stop messing with” 26-year-old Rachael Joy Kirschner of Crystal Falls before stabbing him in the right forearm with a 3-inch knife, according to the criminal complaint.

The Niagara man reportedly had threatened to inform police about an Oct. 7, 2017, incident in which Kirschner and Evert set fire to and destroyed a cabin on Fortune Lake in Crystal Falls Township, the complaint states.

Evert reportedly told a friend in Illinois he wanted the Niagara man dead, and Kirschner reportedly told Reed he would have to hurt the Niagara man if the Illinois man was unwilling to do it, according to the complaint.

Reed said he considered Kirschner to be like a sister and he did what he did because she had asked him to, the complaint states.

Kirschner, like Evert, is now in the Michigan prison system for a minimum of 15 months for the arson charge.