FLORENCE, Wis. - Two women have been charged with misdemeanors as the result of a bar fight at Saloon No. 2 in Spread Eagle, Wis. on the night of Sept. 5, 2008.
The bar fight escalated when Ian Spencer, 40, and Jeffrey Youren, 41, both of Iron Mountain, got involved. During the fight, Spencer fatally stabbed Youren.
Tina Bianco, Youren's girlfriend, was charged with battery, a class A misdemeanor, and disorderly conduct, a class B misdemeanor. Kelly Freeman, Spencer's girlfriend, was charged with disorderly conduct.
The charges refer to the women's actions against each other, not against Spencer or Youren.
The battery charge carries a maximum punishment of 12 months incarceration and the disorderly conduct charges are punishable by up to three months incarceration, said Florence County District Attorney Douglas Drexler.
Drexler said that the criminal complaints against the women were filed sometime last week. They have not been arrested, but were served with summons papers.
"We wanted to wait until the homicide matter was resolved before we went through with these charges," he explained, referring to Spencer's case. "Some of the same witnesses are involved in both cases."
On April 1, Spencer was sentenced to serve six years and three months in prison for the charges of homicide by negligent handling of a weapon, endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon, and possession of THC (marijuana). He was originally charged with first-degree reckless homicide, but later accepted a plea agreement with Drexler.
Bianco and Freeman are scheduled to make initial appearances in Florence County Circuit Court sometime in late April or early May, said Drexler.
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