10-year prison sentence in shooting incident

Authorities say incident was drug deal gone bad

A Colorado man was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for his part in a shooting incident in Shawano that authorities said was the result of a drug deal gone bad.

Kevon E. Houston, 20, of Denver, will also have to serve five years extended supervision after his prison sentence.

Houston had pleaded no contest to first-degree reckless injury, manufacture and delivery of cocaine, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A second man, Alexander R. Olson, 22, also of Denver, has also been charged in the incident. He is facing the same felony counts and is scheduled for a motion hearing on Sept. 27.

Houston and Olson and were among several people who came to a party at an apartment building at 1024 E. Fifth St. in January to sell drugs, according to the criminal complaint.

An 18-year-old female described as Olson’s girlfriend had acted as a “middleman” in arranging this and other drug sales with drugs supplied by Olson and Houston.

She collected $20 from unnamed people at the party and returned a short time later with the drugs, according to the complaint.

As they returned to their car to leave, they were confronted by a crowd of 10-15 people from the party who complained the drugs tasted like laundry detergent, the complaint states.

Olson, who was in the front passenger seat, was the first to be confronted about the “bunk cocaine,” according to the complaint, but refused to return anyone’s money.

Houston leaned out of a rear passenger seat waving a gun, telling the people to get back, according to the complaint, and fired a bullet that struck a 31-year-old Shawano woman in the chest.

The woman was taken to ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano with life-threatening injuries from which she has recovered, according to authorities.

Olson and Houston were taken into custody without incident outside a residence in the Middle Village area of the Menominee Indian Reservation. Authorities also seized a handgun allegedly used in the incident.