Watton B&E suspects’ trial delayed

L’ANSE – The trial date for suspects in an armed robbery in Watton last August was postponed until June after one of the defendants asked for a new attorney.

Matthew Tingstad was appointed to represent Bernard Fish, 47, of Shawano, Wis., after Fish decided to part ways with previous attorney David Gemignani. He and Donavan Waupoose, 21, of Stephenson, had been scheduled to stand trial together next week.

The trial is now scheduled to take place the week of June 23.

Fish and Waupoose will next appear in court April 16 for motions to try the two cases separately.

Waupoose and Fish, are accused of falsely representing themselves as U.S. Marshals at a home in Watton, demanding $10,000 from the residents and taking wallets, identification and other documents. Fish said the incident had been planned with one of the alleged victims, who he said later reneged on the plan.

Both men fled the scene and were later arrested in their respective hometowns.

Waupoose is charged with two counts of armed robbery, a felony punishable by life imprisonment; two counts of extortion, a 20-year felony; two counts of unlawful imprisonment, a 15-year felony; and a count of impersonating a police officer to commit a crime, a four-year felony.