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Gary E. Davis sentenced to life in prison for Fond du Lac County homicide, mayhem

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//June 25, 2024//

Gary E. Davis. Submitted photo Fond du Lac County

Gary E. Davis sentenced to life in prison for Fond du Lac County homicide, mayhem

By: WISCONSIN LAW JOURNAL STAFF//June 25, 2024//

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Last week, Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric J. Toney announced Gary E. Davis was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release on Count 1, First Degree Intentional Homicide. Davis was sentenced on Count 2, Mayhem: 20 years of initial confinement and 10 years of extended supervision and on Count 3, Hiding a Corpse: 10 years of initial confinement and 5 years extended supervision. All counts were ordered to be served consecutive to each other. Davis was previously convicted on February 23, 2024, after a five day jury trial. The defendant maintained his innocence at the sentencing, stating the real killer was still out there. Judge Douglas Edelstein told the defendant: “Next time you look in the mirror, you’ll find the real perpetrator.”

“This was a brutal and heartless murder in which the defendant showed no remorse. The defendant stole a mother from her kids and forced her parents to bury their daughter. The sentence of life in prison, without the possibility of release, will not bring Jackie back to her family but ensures he will have to think about his monstrous actions for the rest of life in a prison cell and he won’t be able to hurt others in our community,” Toney said in a written statement Friday.

As previously reported by the Wisconsin Law Journal, according to a copy of the criminal complaint obtained by the Wisconsin Law Journal, still shots from a Fond du Lac Kwik Trip surveillance camera positively identified Davis.

The state recommended life in prison without the possibility of release and a consecutive sentence of 49.5 years of initial confinement and 20 years of extended supervision, based on the brutality of the defendant’s actions. The state also recommended a fine of $20,000 on Count 2 and a $10,000 fine on Count 3.

This case was investigated by the City of Fond du Lac Police Department, with assistance from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office, the Grand Chute Police Department and the Wisconsin Crime Lab, with the grateful assistance of Kwik Trip. The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Eric Toney.

 

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