Kaul’s Minimal Record Includes Slew of Plea Deals with Drug Dealers

Activist Candidate Unfit to Handle Wisconsin’s Battle Against Opioids and Meth

[WAUKESHA COUNTY, Wis…] Activist candidate for Attorney General Josh Kaul has never prosecuted a single criminal in Wisconsin, not one, ever. But his skimpy track record in Baltimore is under scrutiny in a new statewide television ad.

Johnny Koremenos, campaign manager for Attorney General Brad Schimel issued the following statement along with the corroborating evidence supporting the factual ad.

“The press has given Josh Kaul a free pass, but the public deserves the truth about his weak record in Maryland,” said Koremenos. “Josh Kaul doesn’t have much experience with juries, but he sure loves pleading down sentences for drug dealers.”

While Wisconsin is leading the nation in the fight against opioid abuse and is waging an intense battle against Meth dealers, too, Kaul has been silent on his weak record fighting the scourge of drugs.

“Josh Kaul has zero convictions in Wisconsin and dozens of plea bargains for drug dealers in Maryland,” said Koremenos. “Josh Kaul is a bad call. Wisconsin can’t afford to give up on our fight against opioids and meth.”

 

CAMPAIGN AD FACT SHEET

“Maryland”

1. Claim: Under Brad Schimel, Wisconsin is leading the nation in the fight against opioid abuse.

Evidence: The award-winning Dose of Reality public awareness campaign to prevent prescription opioid abuse has been adopted by six states, Maine, Minnesota, Nebraska, Georgia, Arkansas, and Texas. Attorney General Schimel has twice been featured at the National Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit in Atlanta, GA. Attorney General Schimel’s team helped the National Association of Attorneys General develop a training curriculum on prescription opioid abuse, and have presented at more than a dozen national opioid trainings and conferences for law enforcement, prosecutors, assistant attorneys general, and public health officials. In 2016, Attorney General Schimel convened an opioid abuse conference in Milwaukee that was attended by attorneys general and attorney general staff from across the country.

2. Claim: 51 Republican and 12 Democratic Sheriffs support Schimel.

Evidence: List of endorsements below.

Adams County Sheriff, Sam Wollin (D)
Barron County Sheriff, Chris Fitzgerald (D)
Bayfield County Sheriff, Paul Susienka (D)
Brown County Sheriff, John Gossage (R)
Buffalo County Sheriff, Michael Schmidtknecht (R)
Burnett County Sheriff, Ronald Wilhelm (R)
Calumet County Sheriff, Mark Ott (R)
Chippewa County Sheriff, James Kowalczyk (D)
Clark County Sheriff, Greg Herrick (R)
Columbia County Sheriff, Dennis Richards (R)
Crawford County Sheriff, Dale McCullick (R)
Dodge County Sheriff, Dale Schmidt (R)
Door County Sheriff, Steven Delarwelle (R)
Dunn County Sheriff, Dennis Smith (D)
Eau Claire County Sheriff, Ron Cramer (R)
Florence County Sheriff, Jeff Rickaby (R)
Forest County Sheriff, John Dennee (R)
Grant County Sheriff, Nate Dreckman (R)
Green County Sheriff, Mark Rohloff (R)
Green Lake County Sheriff, Mark Podoll (R)
Iowa County Sheriff, Steve Michek (R)
Iron County Sheriff, Tony Furyk (D)
Jackson County Sheriff, Duane Waldera (D)
Jefferson County Sheriff, Paul Milbrath (R)
Juneau County Sheriff, Brent Oleson (R)
Kenosha County Sheriff, David Beth (R)
Kewaunee County Sheriff, Matthew Joski (R)
La Crosse County Sheriff, Steve Helgeson (R)
Lafayette County Sheriff, Reg Gill (R)
Langlade County Sheriff, Mark Westen (R)
Lincoln County Sheriff, Jeff Jaeger (R)
Marathon County Sheriff, Scott Parks (R)
Marinette County Sheriff, Jerry Sauve (R)
Monroe County Sheriff, Scott Perkins (R)
Oconto County Sheriff, Michael Jansen (R)
Oneida County Sheriff, Grady Hartman (R)
Outagamie County Sheriff, Bradley Gehring (R)
Ozaukee County Sheriff, Jim Johnson (R)
Pepin County Sheriff, Joel Wener (R)
Polk County Sheriff, Peter Johnson (R)
Portage County Sheriff, Mike Lukas (D)
Price County Sheriff, Brian Schmidt (R)
Racine County Sheriff, Christopher Schmaling (R)
Richland County Sheriff, James Bindl (R)
Rock County Sheriff, Robert Spoden (D)
Rusk County Sheriff, Jeffery Wallace (R)
Sauk County Sheriff, Chip Meister (R)
Sawyer County Sheriff, Doug Mrotek (R)
Shawano County Sheriff, Adam Bieber (R)
Sheboygan County Sheriff, Cory Roeseler (R)
St. Croix County Sheriff, Scott Knudson (R)
Taylor County Sheriff, Bruce Daniels (D)
Trempealeau County Sheriff, Richard Anderson (D)
Vernon County Sheriff, John Spears (R)
Vilas County Sheriff, Joseph Fath (R)
Walworth County Sheriff, Kurt Picknell (R)
Washburn County Sheriff, Terry Dryden (R)
Washington County Sheriff, Dale Schmidt (R)
Waukesha County Sheriff, Eric Severson (R)
Waupaca County Sheriff, Brad Hardel (R)
Waushara County Sheriff, Jeff Nett (R)
Winnebago County Sheriff, John Matz (R)
Wood County Sheriff, Thomas Reichert (D)

3. Claim: While working in Baltimore, Kaul offered a plea bargain to the head of an opioid ring– reducing her sentence from possible life to only three years behind bars.

Evidence: Case No: 2010cr00301, USA v. Hartley et al

April Lynn Baker worked with Luis Miguel Reyes Torres and Ryan Andrew Hartley to divert methadone and morphine from a nursing home and sell the stolen medications on the street. 29-year-old Brandon Sgaggero, an Army veteran, who purchased these diverted drugs, died from a drug overdose on March 6, 2008.

Case No. 2010cr00301 was filed on 6/4/2011 and April Lynn Baker was charged with: 1) Conspiracy to distribute morphine, a Sch. I controlled substance; and Methadone, a Sch. II controlled substance; and 2) Distribution of morphine, a Sch. I controlled substance; and Methadone, a Sch. II controlled substance; aiding and abetting.

Despite a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment and fine of $1 million, April Lynn Baker received a plea agreement that resulted in only 36 months imprisonment and a $200 penalty assessment.

  1. Claim: Kaul let more than 60 drug offenders plead to lighter sentences.

 

Evidence: Following is a list of criminal drug defendants that were prosecuted by Josh Kaul and received plea agreements. The list includes the disposition for each case and the maximum possible sentence associated with each charge.

 

Case Number Case Name Defendant Disposition Maximum Sentence
2010cr00301 USA v. Hartley et al Luis Miguel Reyes Torres 115 months imprisonment Life imprisonment
2010cr00301 USA v. Hartley et al April Lynn Baker 36 months imprisonment Life imprisonment
2010cr00301 USA v. Hartley et al Ryan Andrew Hartley 72 months imprisonment Life imprisonment
2010cr00355 USA v. Burnett et al Eric Maurice Holbrook Jr. 108 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2010cr00355 USA v. Burnett et al Kevin Burnett Sr. 36 months imprisonment Life imprisonment
2010cr00355 USA v. Burnett et al Shaven Burnett 12 months + 1 day imprisonment Life imprisonment
2010cr00355 USA v. Burnett et al Kevin Burnett Jr. 36 months imprisonment Life imprisonment
2010cr00451 USA v. Dunscomb Terry Norman Dunscomb Jr. 51 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2010cr00474 USA v. Rivas Fidel Alejandro Rivas 46 months imprisonment Life imprisonment
2010cr00485 USA v. Henson, Jr. James Herbert Henson, Jr. 51 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2010cr00489 USA v. Shaw et al Jeffrey Cantrell Shaw 140 months imprisonment Life imprisonment
2010cr00489 USA v. Shaw et al Brandon Dwayne Chavis 51 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2010cr00560 USA v. Moore et al Linard Kay Moore 70 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2010cr00560 USA v. Moore et al Hannah Marie Locklear Time served 40 years imprisonment
2010cr00701 USA v. Graham et al David John Graham 97 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2010cr00701 USA v. Graham et al Kenneth Bryan Miller 96 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2010cr00701 USA v. Graham et al Matthew Earl Ward 120 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2010cr00701 USA v. Graham et al James Michael Tolley 31 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2010cr00701 USA v. Graham et al Jennifer Jean Ganzman 46 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2010cr00701 USA v. Graham et al Jennifer Marguerite Smith 30 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2010cr00701 USA v. Graham et al James Emory Albert 18 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2010cr00701 USA v. Graham et al David Albert 37 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2010cr00701 USA v. Graham et al Rebecca Hoopes 37 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2010cr00701 USA v. Graham et al Richard Brian Eldreth 24 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2010cr00701 USA v. Graham et al Julie Christian 41 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2010cr00701 USA v. Graham et al Clarence Biggs 60 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2010cr00701 USA v. Graham et al Thomas Woodie 41 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2010cr00701 USA v. Graham et al Malcom Fulton 35 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2010cr00701 USA v. Graham et al James Stevenson 60 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2010cr00701 USA v. Graham et al Justin Craig Grove 24 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2011cr00096 USA v. Horne et al Michael Buchanan 27 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr00096 USA v. Horne et al Clifton Harold Dairsow Sr. 27 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr00096 USA v. Horne et al Clifton Harold Dairsow Jr. 60 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr00096 USA v. Horne et al John Douglas 37 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr00096 USA v. Horne et al Charles Erdman III 100 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr00096 USA v. Horne et al Michael Danel Allaire 36 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr00096 USA v. Horne et al Kendel Sylvester Matthews 57 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr00096 USA v. Horne et al Darryl Andre Dawson 48 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr00096 USA v. Horne et al Karen Elaine Moran 46 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr0096 USA v. Horne et al Sheria Yvonne Morris 12 months + 1 day 20 years imprisonment
2011cr00096 USA v. Horne et al Dion Edward Lester 35 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr00096 USA v. Horne et al Raymond Eggleston 151 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr00096 USA v. Horne et al Gregory David Horne 188 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr00096 USA v. Horne et al Charles Lee Pettus II 27 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr00102 USA v. Bridgeforth et al Kevin Avon Parker Sr. 78 months imprisonment Life imprisonment
2011cr00102 USA v. Bridgeforth et al James Thomas Bridgeforth III 120 months imprisonment Life imprisonment
2011cr00358 USA v. Roberts et al Tereek Ize Nutter 151 months imprisonment Life imprisonment
2011cr00358 USA v. Roberts et al Austin Roberts III 228 months imprisonment Life imprisonment
2011cr00358 USA v. Roberts et al Allan Dwayne Purnell 60 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr00358 USA v. Roberts et al Maurice Hardy 96 months imprisonment Life imprisonment
2011cr00358 USA v. Roberts et al Arnold Cornelius Williams 192 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr00358 USA v. Roberts et al Jamy Eric Toadvine 15 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr00358 USA v. Roberts et al Irving Lawrence Polk Jr. 60 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2011cr00358 USA v. Roberts et al Andrew Jackson 120 months imprisonment Life imprisonment
2011cr00358 USA v. Roberts et al Leon Palmer Grant 66 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2011cr00426 USA v. Baker et al Gary Thenor Cromartie 324 months Life imprisonment
2011cr00426 USA v. Baker et al Monica McCants 180 months Life imprisonment
2012cr00183 USA v. James Ruth Ann James Time served 3 years imprisonment
2012cr00431 USA v. Pollard Shawn Anthony Pollard 92 months imprisonment 20 years imprisonment
2012cr00535 USA v. Sosa-Carlin et al Antonio Sosa-Carlin 78 months imprisonment Life imprisonment
2012cr00535 USA v. Sosa-Carlin Oziel Moreno 42 months imprisonment Life imprisonment
2012cr00550 USA v. Mitchell Kemp Earl Mitchell 144 months imprisonment 40 years imprisonment
2013cr00124 USA v. Hardy Anthony Hardy 108 months imprisonment Life imprisonment