Homicide cases also capture some of the top spots


In case anyone was wondering what leading police on a naked, drug-fueled jaunt through Waukesha might cost them, 2016 provided us with something of an answer.

Two cases involving men who were high on drugs and fleeing officers in their birthday suits wrapped up this year, but there were others that made our list of top crime stories in 2016, too.

Here's our look back.

1. Two men sentenced for leading Waukesha police on naked, drug-fueled pursuits

Leif Erickson and Mark Hunkins are both spending time behind bars for leading police on clothing-optional pursuits about 10 months apart.

Erickson was charged last summer but his case concluded in October about three months after Hunkins' did.

Erickson, under the influence of LSD, led officers on a six-minute vehicle pursuit; Hunkins, strung out on cocaine, initially fled in his car, but abandoned it after crashing it near downtown, and eventually dove into the Fox River.

2. Mistrial in Waukesha homicide case; another homicide case pending

A judge determined Justin Carl was not mentally fit to proceed with his case in September. By that time Carl's jury trial had begun, but it was ultimately suspended.

Carl stands accused of first-degree intentional homicide in the killing of Kevin Hueman, an apparent stranger to Carl, who was fatally shot last August. The next hearing in Carl's case is scheduled for Jan. 13.

The homicide case against another Waukesha man, Philip Holland, is also pending.

3. Waukesha man who pointed unloaded assault rifle at police sentenced to prison

Dean Stamm is spending a little more than two years in state prison for trying to bait Waukesha police into shooting and killing him during a tense standoff in late January.

He was sentenced in November in Waukesha County Circuit Court, about two months after he pleaded guilty to five felony counts of pointing a firearm at a law enforcement officer, a class H felony. He was originally facing 12 criminal charges – six felonies and six misdemeanors.

4. Waukesha Citgo homicide cases conclude

Kenneth Thomas, Darrin Malone and Jerica Cotton – the three people charged in connection with a local gas station homicide – were all sentenced to prison in 2016.

All three were charged and ultimately convicted in the armed robbery at a Citgo gas station, 1145 White Rock Ave., that resulted in the death of 65-year-old Saeed Sharwani last January.

Thomas's sister, Shakendra Thomas, who testified during Malone's trial, was later fined for bringing marijuana with her to testify at the Waukesha County Courthouse.

5. Waukesha man gets prison for child sex assault, child porn possession

Robert Stryker, a Waukesha man who inappropriately touched two girls – sisters – and had a sizable collection of child pornography, was sentenced in December to eight years in prison.

A jury found Stryker guilty of first-degree sexual assault of a child, online court records show, and he pleaded guilty in January to one count of child porn possession. Coincidentally, the cases involved a pair of underage sisters who knew Stryker while he was living at a home in the 2200 block of Harris-Highland Drive.

Stryker groped the younger girl, who was 6 at the time, while they were watching a movie together, and, about two months later, kissed the victim's older sister – then 16 – without her consent on the cheek. A few days later, police discovered Stryker's stash of dozens of images of child pornography.

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