Allen Thomas

BURNETT COUNTY— Allen G. Thomas, facing attempted homicide charges in Burnett County Court, is now up against three felony counts of perjury before a court and three counts of felony bail jumping. 

The case began after a summer 2016 neck-slashing incident at McKenzie Landing in which Thomas was arrested and charged with two counts of Class B felony attempted 1st degree intentional homicide and two counts of Class E felony aggravated battery.

While detained in Barron County Jail, Thomas of Pepin, Wis., is reported to having passed a written confession under the door of his jail cell. 

On May 26, a motion hearing took place and Thomas attempted to sway the court to suppress the written confession. The motion was eventually denied.

During that same hearing, Thomas’ attorney Aaron Nelson called Thomas to the witness stand to testify. Thomas made the argument that his Sixth Amendment Right to Counsel was violated while in custody at Barron County Jail. Thomas was detained there July 8 through July 13, 2016. He was released after posting bail of $10,000. 

Under oath, he testified that he was unable to “get the phone to work” in his cell block.

Later he maintained he had not spoken to an attorney during his time spent in Barron, and he also urged that he was prevented from doing so. 

The criminal complaint issued by the Burnett County Circuit Court states, “Thomas’ testimony is utterly belied by phone records and recordings of telephone calls made by Thomas during his time spent in Barron County Jail. Those records make plain that Thomas had in fact made several calls from the phone in his cell block at said jail. He also spoke with Attorney Aaron Nelson and Attorney Jens Loberg by telephone during his stay at the Barron County Jail.” 

After a detailed listing of 18 phones calls, the complaint continues “Thomas was able to effectively operate the phone in his jail cell block in Barron County Jail. He in fact made no less than 18 phone calls from Barron County Jail during the first five days he was incarcerated there. He testified falsely under oath in an effort to materially bolster his claim that he was denied access to a telephone and access to his attorney.”

It continues to read that Thomas spoke at length with two separate attorneys, including Nelson, and was not in fact prevented contact with either. 

On May 17, an additional criminal complaint was filed in Burnett County Circuit Court charging Thomas with one count of Class H Felony Bail Jumping. 

Thomas appeared in court on June 28 for an initial appearance for the May 17 bail jumping charge and was then presented with a criminal complaint charging him with three felony counts of perjury before a court and three counts of criminal bail jumping due to the investigation into Barron County Jail phone records.

Thomas’ next scheduled appearance is 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 22. 

Sean Devlin, Editor