Crime

Haugen set to be sentenced in July

Becky Strabel | Staff writer
Hit and run claimed the life of 30-year-old Hertel woman in 2016
BURNETT COUNTY – Domminic A. R. Haugen, 37, Radisson, Wisconsin, will be sentenced Tuesday, July 15, in the felony charge of hit and run involving the death of 30-year-old Hertel resident Courtney Oustigoff on CTH X in the Town of Dewey on June 15, 2016.
Haugen is currently being held in Sawyer County where he pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit delivery of methamphetamine (<50 grams) in court on Wednesday, March 13. Other similar counts of felony drug charges and maintaining a drug trafficking place were dismissed but will be read in for sentencing. Haugen was one of seven charged in a bust in 2016.
The Sawyer County plea agreement includes a cap on the state’s recommendation for sentencing Haugen to 30 years with 20 years in prison and 10 years of extended supervision or some other distribution of the 30 years. This sentencing will take place on June 24.
In July 2018, former Burnett County District Attorney William Norine recommended a sentence to run concurrent to the above-mentioned Sawyer County case.
Haugen would also have 23 months in jail credit for time already served. The court ordered a pre-sentencing investigation. Haugen could face up to 25 years in prison, up to a $100,000 fine, or both.
The Sawyer County case includes two class C felonies with up to 40 years in prison and up to a $100,000 fine or both, per charge.
In both cases, the presiding judge has the final say in accepting the agreement as presented or sentencing up to the maximum penalties for each count.
It was nearly eight months between the accident and the charge brought against Haugen by Burnett County.
The break in the investigation came when Haugen allegedly admitted to a third party that he struck Oustigoff while driving on CTH X the evening of her death, saying it was an accident.
Haugen, according to a criminal complaint, drove his white Dodge pickup truck to his residence after striking the victim with it, cleaned up the truck and then put animal blood to cover up the damage.
After Haugen’s pickup truck was located in Sawyer County, a cadaver dog was brought in and gave two positive hits on the pickup truck. Tests conducted by the Wisconsin State Crime Lab indicate that fibers were found on the undercarriage of Haugen’s truck that were a match to the clothing worn by the victim.
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