MARINETTE — The last suspect in a burglary of a Town of Stephenson store and subsequent high-speed chase and manhunt was sentenced to prison.
Chad M. Setunsky, 28, 3400 Pierce Ave., No. 559, Marinette, was sentenced Thursday in Marinette County Circuit Court Branch II to 26 years in prison followed by 5 years of extended supervision. He pleaded guilty to eight felonies. Thirty-three other charges, including 11 more felonies, were dismissed in a plea agreement but read in for sentencing purposes.
The felonies Setunsky pleaded guilty to include: two counts of burglary — armed with a dangerous weapon; first degree recklessly endangering safety; and five counts of burglary to a building or dwelling. Marinette County Circuit Court Branch II Judge James Morrison mandated that Sentunsky must pay a fine of $3,730.87; obtain or maintain full-time employment; obtain his GED; cannot have contact with Marinette County Sheriff’s Department, unless in an official capacity; no alcohol, illegal drugs, or controlled substances without a valid prescription; and cannot have contact with known felons or others on paper.
Previously, Morrison described the incident as a “Bonnie and Clyde” crime spree. A deputy discovered a burglary early on April 8 at the Corner Convenience Store, located at County Trunk W and Parkway Road in the Town of Stephenson. An ATM was damaged and stolen.
A patrol sergeant spotted a silver BMC pickup traveling at a high rate of speed on Parkway Road and gave pursuit. The driver of the pickup fired shots from a handgun at the officer and crashed into an electrical pole just north of Twin Bridge Park. Setunsky and his then girlfriend, Ashley M. Niewierowski, who was sentenced to 3 1/2 years prison in the same incident, fled on foot.
Niewierowski was arrested around 1 p.m. April 9 near County Trunk C in the Town of Athelstane. Setunsky was arrested at 4:35 p.m. the same day at a cabin south of County Trunk C.
During the chase, Setunsky, who was driving, fired shots at a deputy in pursuit, according to the criminal complaint. The suspects also broke into a cabin and stole an ATV, the complaint reads.