Milwaukee woman guilty in Crawford County shooting


A Milwaukee woman who tried to shoot the wife of her lover during an incident in Crawford County has been found guilty of two felony counts following a plea agreement in Crawford County Circuit Court.

Mary Janka, 36, pleaded no contest to two counts of recklessly endangering safety with the use of a dangerous weapon. 

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Janka on Sept. 20. 

In October of 2012, Janka was charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. According to the criminal complaint, she met with Tad Beutin and his wife Jane Beutin on Oct. 3 at the couple’s vacation property in the town of Wauzeka.

Jane Beutin ordered Janka to leave but Janka removed a .22 caliber handgun from her trunk and fired at Jane Beutin. Janka then chased Jane Beutin while continuing to fire. A short time later, Janka fired five rounds through the door to the bathroom in which Jane Beutin was hiding.

Jane Beutin was not injured and Tad Beutin wrestled the gun away from Janka, the complaint said. 

A total of nine rounds were fired during the incident, according to the complaint.

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