3 facing felony charges in year-old crash

Complaint says incident started as domestic dispute
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Both drivers and a passenger in an altercation last year that ended in a rollover crash and serious injuries are facing felony charges for their alleged roles in the incident.

Jeremy N. Young, 43, of Shawano, who was paralyzed from the waist down in the crash, is facing three counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety through the use of a dangerous weapon. Each count carries a maximum possible sentence of 12½ years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

Sheri L. Young, 41, of Shawano was charged with hit and run-causing great bodily harm and hit and run-causing injury. She could face a maximum 15 years in prison and $50,000 fine if convicted of the first charge, and imprisonment of up to nine months and a $10,000 fine for the second.

Craig L. Roberts, 43, who is incarcerated at Oshkosh Correctional Institution, is charged with two counts of recklessly endangering safety and one count of reckless injury using a dangerous weapon.

That last charge normally carries a maximum possible penalty of 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine, but because of previous convictions, Roberts’ sentence could be enhanced by as much as 11 years.

He could also face an enhanced penalty on the reckless endangerment counts.

The incident on July 22, 2015, began as a domestic dispute, according to the criminal complaints, involving Jeremy Young, his estranged wife and her boyfriend, Roberts.

Roberts was a passenger in Sheri Young’s vehicle. The Youngs’ daughter was a passenger in Jeremy’s vehicle.

The altercation started in the city of Shawano, with Roberts brandishing a knife at Jeremy Young as Roberts and Sheri Young drove by, according to the complaint.

Roberts told authorities he had flashed a set of keys at Jeremy Young, though a silver knife was found in the vehicle, according to the complaint.

Jeremy Young followed, catching up to the other vehicle as it stopped at Richmond Street and Airport Drive, where Jeremy allegedly got out of his vehicle and pounded on Roberts’ passenger window.

As Sheri Young’s vehicle drove off, her husband allegedly continued following it onto County Road BE.

The vehicles were going about 55 mph, according to the complaint, as Jeremy Young drove alongside his wife’s vehicle on the gravel shoulder.

Jeremy Young was holding a fillet knife in a case and was yelling at Roberts, according to the complaint.

The complaint alleges Sheri Young’s vehicle then struck her husband’s vehicle, which went off the road and overturned.

Jeremy Young was ejected from the vehicle. His daughter sustained minor injuries, according to the complaint.

The parties gave conflicting reports as to whether Sheri Young turned her vehicle into her husband’s or whether the steering wheel was grabbed by Roberts.

The complaint against Roberts accuses him of pulling the steering wheel.

Sheri Young allegedly then drove off and was stopped by authorities a short time later.

Both Jeremy and Sheri Young are scheduled for initial appearances in Shawano-Menominee County Circuit Court on Aug. 29.

No court date is yet set for Roberts.

Roberts was on probation at the time of the incident for failing to maintain his status with the state’s Sex Offender Registry, according to court records.

His probation was revoked for rules violations, which included testing positive for THC and cocaine the day after the traffic crash, according to the criminal complaint.