MADISON, Wis – In case you missed it, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has exposed liberal Supreme Court candidate Janet Protasiewicz’s disqualifying record. “No Jail Janet” has a history of siding with violent criminals over some of Wisconsin’s most vulnerable: children and young women. In several cases, prosecutors requested Judge Protasiewicz sentence time in prison for criminals convicted of gruesome felonies harming children. Protasiewicz instead gave no jail time, sentencing only probation.
Dan Bice revealed Protaciewicz gave no jail time to a woman who starved to death her 16-year-old son – to 42 pounds, a man who abducted and sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl, and another man who sexually assaulted three young girls – ages 7, 8, and 11.
While cities like Milwaukee continue to experience serious crime spikes, Janet Protaciewicz has implemented a soft-on-crime approach in her courtroom, just like her former boss, Milwaukee DA John Chisholm. Judge Janet and DA Chisholm have told criminals that committing felonies is acceptable, and have emboldened violent offenders.
Read more from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel below:
Janet Protasiewicz criticized for giving probation in 3 felony cases
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 17, 2023
On at least three occasions, Milwaukee County prosecutors asked Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Janet Protasiewicz to sentence a felon to time in prison for harming a child.
Two of the cases involved adults convicted of sexually assaulting a minor, and a third was a mother who pleaded guilty to chronic neglect of her 16-year-old son after he died while weighing just 42 pounds.
In each case, Protasiewicz rejected the prosecutor’s request, choosing instead to sentence the defendant to time served in jail, plus probation.
In one of the three cases cited by Protasiewicz’s critics, Kenneth Blair, a 17-year-old Milwaukee resident, was accused in 2018 of three Class B felonies for having sexual contact with 7-, 8- and 11-year-old girls, all of whom were relatives.
According to the criminal complaint, Blair, then a student at Riverside University High School in Milwaukee, touched each of the girls inappropriately and may have performed oral sex with the 8-year-old.
Less than six months after the charges were filed, Blair pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree child sexual assault, a Class B felony with a maximum sentence of 60 years behind bars. Prosecutors recommended two years of prison and eight years of extended supervision.
Instead, Protasiewicz handed down a sentence of three years’ probation and credit for 200 days served in jail. She initially imposed and stayed a five-year prison sentence.
In 2021, Blair was brought up on two additional felony sexual assault charges — repeated sexual assault of the same child and sexual contact with a child under 13. But the charges were dismissed because of problems with the criminal complaint.
In the second case, Iraida Pizarro-Osorio, 32, was charged in 2019 with chronic neglect of a child, causing great bodily harm, after her 16-year-old son died while weighing only 42 pounds. The Class D felony carried a maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and a $100,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, Pizarro-Osorio brought her son to the Sixteenth Street Health Center, where he was “unresponsive, had a faint pulse and appeared extremely emaciated.” Despite life-saving efforts by medical personnel, the severely emaciated child died at the health center.
As part of a plea agreement, Pizarro-Osorio pleaded guilty to neglecting a child, a Class F felony, which has a maximum penalty of 12½ years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Prosecutors recommended that she be sentenced to prison for a time period decided by the judge.
Instead, Protasiewicz sentenced Pizarro-Osorio to four years of probation and credit for 332 days in jail. The judge initially gave the mother four years in prison and four years of extended supervision but stayed the sentence.
The criminal complaint said Veasley, who has a long criminal record, picked up a 15-year-old girl who had fled her Milwaukee group home. Veasley then took the girl to a hotel and had oral and vaginal sex with her. The girl escaped the room and returned to her group home, where she called police.
Under the plea deal, Veasley agreed to plead to two felonies — third-degree sexual assault and child enticement, a Class G and Class D felony, respectively. He faced up to 35 years in prison on the two felonies.
At sentencing, Protasiewicz gave Veasley four years of probation and credit for 417 days in jail. She initially sentenced him to four years behind bars and four years of extended supervision, but the judge then stayed the sentence.
In July, Veasley was arrested in Washington County for being a felon in possession of a handgun. He pleaded no contest to the charge last month and is now out of custody after spending six months in jail. He is currently listed as a non-compliant sex offender.