BENSON — An Appleton man received a stay of adjudication on a felony charge of assault with a dangerous weapon stemming from an April 2020 incident in which a woman reported that he pointed a gun at her and refused to let her leave his home.
Chad Steven Sachs, 50, was ordered in Swift County District Court to serve five years on supervised probation on second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Charges of reckless discharge of a firearm and false imprisonment were dismissed, along with a petty misdemeanor paraphernalia possession charge.
Sachs was sentenced to 113 days in jail and given credit for 113 days already served.
In a stay of adjudication, a person admits fault, but the judge does not accept a guilty plea. If Sachs successfully completes his probation, the charge could be dismissed.
On a separate charge, Sachs received a one-year prison sentence stayed for five years and five years' probation for a first-degree damage to property charge for trashing his jail cell after being arrested.
Sachs was ordered to pay $590 in court fees and fines. Conditions of his probation include consuming no alcohol or drugs and staying out of bars and liquor stores. He must complete a chemical assessment and possess no firearms or ammunition.
On April 5, 2020, an Appleton man reported that a woman had just run to his house crying, saying a man had pointed a gun at her face and prevented her from leaving his house.
The woman said Sachs pointed guns in her face and shot into a nearby wall. She said she had been asked to leave the house where she had been staying, and Sachs said she could stay at his house and do his laundry and work around the house to earn money.
Appleton police officers executed a search warrant and found a shotgun like the one described by the woman and shotgun holes in a door and above the door. Sachs’ hand tested positive for gunpowder residue.