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Javenkoskis plead guilty in Windchill case

Two court cases linked to the poor treatment of a nine-month-old colt nicknamed Windchill on a South Range farm last winter will not go to trial next week.

Two court cases linked to the poor treatment of a nine-month-old colt nicknamed Windchill on a South Range farm last winter will not go to trial next week.

Pamela Kaye Javenkoski, 48, and Shane E. Javenkoski, 34, both reached plea agreements Thursday in Douglas County Court, five days before the trial was set to begin.

Shane Javenkoski pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of failing to provide food to confined animals. A deferred judgment of conviction agreement was entered. If the South Range man follows the conditions of the agreement, the charge would be dismissed. The conditions include a $200 fine, testifying at the trial of Pam Javenkoski, if necessary, and allowing quarterly inspections of his property and any animals he owns until 2012.

Pam Javenkoski pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of providing improper animal shelter for the colt. A second misdemeanor count of failing to supply food to animals was dismissed. A sentencing hearing was set for Feb. 18.

Assistant District Attorney Rebecca Lovejoy told Judge Michael Lucci she plans to request up to 120 days in jail and restitution to Jeff Tucker and Kathi Davis, who took Windchill in after the colt was found covered in ice and snow, unable to stand, in the pasture at the Javenkoskis' farm on a day with wind chill temperatures of up to 55 degrees below zero.

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"For 20 days we put our lives on hold to try to save this colt," Davis wrote in a victim impact statement. The couple had high out-of-pocket expenses and sleepless nights caring for Windchill, she wrote, as well as dealing with media and "hundreds of e-mails and phone calls. Not to mention the heartbreak when the colt's heart gave out due to being so damaged from starvation."

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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