BURNETT COUNTY–– Allen G. Thomas, Pepin, 55, was found guilty on both charges of aggravated battery with the intent of causing great bodily harm. He will be sentenced in November and faces up to 30 years in prison and $100,000 in fines.
The two victims were sitting in the front row in the courtroom when Washburn County Circuit Judge Eugene Harrington stated he was finding Thomas guilty of slashing their throats outside of McKenzie Landing Bar and Restaurant in the Town of Scott in July 2016.
Thomas claimed on the first day of the trial that he had been involuntarily drugged while at the bar by a “punk rocker with dreadlocks”.
He said that when he was allegedly drugged he had a flashback and thought he heard the victims speaking Russian. Thomas served in the military during the Cold War and was a scout on the German-Czechoslovakian border.
After slashing the two men’s throats, Thomas fled the scene and went home to Pepin to drink himself to sleep.
Judge Harrington said Thomas’ job in the military would have been to observe, report and defend the border. By fleeing the scene, Thomas was not showing the attitude of a soldier.
Harrington added that he spent the previous night trying to come up with some kind of reason for why Thomas would commit this crime and admitted that he hadn’t come up with any reason.
After Harrington said Thomas was guilty, he ordered a pre-sentencing investigation and added, “you are now a convicted felon.” Therefore Thomas cannot posses firearms. Thomas told the judge he did have guns in his home and Harrington ordered him to surrender his guns to his brother by 7 p.m. Friday evening.
Thomas is still out on bond and will be in front of Judge Harrington on Nov. 15 for his sentencing hearing.