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Woman involved in Lake Nebagamon standoff

Superior Telegram

A Lake Nebagamon woman involved in an armed standoff with Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputies last October is set to be sentenced in December.

Jessica Marie Gehl, 23, pleaded no contest Oct. 9 in Douglas County Circuit Court to four counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Initially, three of the charges were for attempted first-degree intentional homicide, but they were amended prior to Gehl’s plea.

Judge Kelly Thimm ordered a presentence investigation and Gehl’s sentencing hearing is set for Dec. 23. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 12½ years imprisonment and fine up to $25,000. Gehl remains in custody at the Douglas County Jail, where she has been since last November..

According to the criminal complaint:

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a Lake Nebagamon residence the afternoon of Oct. 29, 2014, after it was reported that Gehl pulled a gun on her mother during an argument. When a deputy and detective arrived at the residence, Gehl fired three rounds in their direction from the residence. A third party indicated Gehl intended to commit "suicide by cop."

The armed standoff continued until Gehl fired in the direction of Detective Brad Hoyt and a state trooper. Hoyt returned fire, striking Gehl in the right side.

According to preliminary hearing testimony from Douglas County Detective James Madden, 26 shell casings were recovered from the home.