Two Ashland men face mandatory life sentences after being convicted of first-degree homicide for the killing of Shane Cadott.
On May 22, a jury found Michael Sweet, age 41, and Brian Matthew Nelis, age 41 guilty of party to first-degree intentional homicide while armed, according to a release from the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The trial was presided over by Iron County Judge Patrick Madden.
"Thanks to the hard work of the Ashland County Sheriff's Office, the Wisconsin State Crime Lab, and DOJ's Criminal Litigation Unit, justice has been served for this terrible crime," Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul said.
The evidence presented established that Sweet and Nelis killed Cadott in the early morning of Sept. 23, 2017. His body was found Sept. 28, 2017, with multiple stab wounds, incise wounds and blunt-force trauma in a secluded area on the Bad River Reservation in Ashland.
Sentencing has not been scheduled. Both Sweet and Nelis face a mandatory life sentence.
The conviction was obtained through the work of DNA analyst Denise Jones, fingerprint examiner Stacy Gordon, imaging expert Brooke Laxton and trace evidence examiner Raymond Lenz with the DOJ Division of Forensic Science, as well as the Ashland County Sheriff's Department and Dane County Chief Medical Examiner Vincent Trancida. The prosecution of this case has been handled by Assistant Attorney General Christopher Liegel of the DOJ Criminal Litigation Unit.