Curtis Wolfe goes to trail for his roll in the death of Wayne Valliere Jr.
Written by Jesse Baroka on May 1, 2019
HURLEY – In Iron County Court in Hurley the case of one of the defendants charged in connection to the killing of Wayne M. Valliere Jr. of Lac du Flambeau is heading for trial. Yesterday Judge Patrick Madden laid out the states final settlement to 27 year old Curtis Wolfe for his alleged role in the death of Valliere Jr. back in December of 2017 in a rural area near Mercer. Under the offer detailed in court Tuesday, the state of Wisconsin would have filed amended charges in the case and Wolfe would have pleaded guilty to four counts — being a party to the crime of felony murder, being a party to the crime of hiding a corpse and two counts of being a party to the crime of aiding a felon. The offer reduced the most serious charge Wolfe faces from being a party to the crime of 1st degree intentional homicide. He is also charged with being the party to a crime of hiding a corpse. Wolfe was one of five men charged in connection to the beating and shooting death of Valliere. Prosecutors say the five men took Valliere for a drug-fueled drive and shot him on Dec. 22, 2017, depositing the body off a seldom-used road north of Mercer. Three of Wolfe’s co-defendants have already been sentenced for their roles in the crime. 28 year old Joseph Lussier, of Lac du Flambeau, and 28 year old Richard Allen, of Lac du Flambeau, were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in August after a jury found them guilty of being the two shooters. 20 year old James Lussier, of Arbor Vitae, was sentenced in January to 15 years in prison and another 15 years of extended supervision, along with another eight years of probation to be served after the first sentence and 29 year old Evan T. Oungst, of Arbor Vitae is scheduled to have a plea hearing Monday on the charges he faces in the case. The five-day trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 9, with a hearing Nov. 14 for any motions needing to be addressed prior to trial.