Woman gets new sentence for attempted homicide

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 --- 5:41 p.m.

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) -- A Sheboygan woman who argued her 22-year sentence for attempted homicide was much more severe than her co-defendants could be released from prison before the end of the year.

Renata Neuaone received a new sentence of 13 years in prison after a long hearing in Sheboygan County Circuit Court Monday.

Neuaone and four co-defendants, including her husband at the time, were accused of kidnapping a 20-year-old woman in 2001 over a drug debt.

The woman was beaten, drugged, taken to a railroad trestle and hung from a clothesline. The victim survived the ordeal.

Neuaone pleaded guilty in a plea deal which offered 12 years in prison. Instead, Neuaone was sentenced to 22 years in prison. Sheboygan Press Media says the 34-year-old Neuaone will serve 18 years of supervision once she's released.

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A state appeals court in Madison has ruled that a woman accused of helping hang another woman off a railroad trestle will stay in prison.

Renata Neuaone had argued that her lawyer was ineffective because he didn't introduce evidence that her husband beat her. But the Second District Court of Appeals rejected that argument, saying today that her status as a battered woman didn't affect her sentence.

Neuaone pleaded guilty to attempted murder and battery in 2002. She was accused of participating in an attack on a 20-year-old woman in December 2001.

Prosecutors say she and others thought the woman had stolen drugs from Neuaone. The victim says Neuaone hit her with a baseball bat and shaved off her hair.

Court documents say the group attached a rope around the woman's neck and attached the other end to a railroad trestle, then pushed her off. The rope broke and she fell 19 feet to the Sheboygan River where she was left for dead.

Neuaone was sentenced to 22 years in prison in June 2002.


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