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Columbia County sees savings in plea deals


PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) -- Officials estimate a savings of nearly $64,000 for Columbia County because of plea deals reached for two key defendants in a Portage murder and abuse case. 

Jury trials for Candace Clark and Michael Sisk had been scheduled for July and August and were expected to be two of the largest in county history. 

But both defendants accepted plea agreements. 

Clerk of Courts Susan Raimer says that avoided an estimated cost of just over $63,690 in juror expenses. 

The two were charged last summer with killing Tammie Garlin and abusing her then-11-year-old son. 

The 24-year-old Clark accepted a plea agreement in July and is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 10. The 26-year-old Sisk accepted a plea deal Aug. 6 and does not have sentencing date set yet.

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