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Slain truck driver's family waits for sentencing after Haydon gets hospitalized

PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) -- Family members of a slain Rib Mountain truck driver have to wait a little longer to hear his killer's sentence. A judge was scheduled to sentence Michael Haydon in Portage County court but had to postpone because Haydon is in the hospital.

Portage County District Attorney Tom Eagon said Haydon cut himself with his handcuffs while a pair of officers were bringing him to the courthouse on Friday. Now, truck driver Pat Zemke's family has to wait even longer to find out how this trial will end.

Zemke's family waited for Haydon to show up for his final court date but he never arrived.

"Big disappointment," said Emily Nowak, who acted as a spokesperson for the Zemke family. "I was not expecting that at all."

"During transport to the Portage County jail, Mr. Haydon apparently harmed himself, possibly with his handcuffs," said Eagon. "He cut his wrists."

Two officers had been driving Haydon from a facility in Oshkosh to the Portage County courthouse. Authorities said he started acting strangely and that's when they noticed the cuts on his wrists.

"It makes me wonder if he did it on purpose to avoid coming here and being sentenced," said Nowak.

A jury convicted Haydon in April for killing Zemke. Now, his family waits a little longer to hear what will come of the man who killed their husband, father and grandfather. Family members said they've grown closer together through the process, remembering the good times they've shared in the past.

"We always went to IGA and he bought me lots and lots of Pop Rocks which was good," said Pat Zemke's granddaughter, Sierra Zemke.

Authorities said they'll take extra protective measures to make sure Haydon stays out of trouble when he comes back next month. And Zemke's family said when the time comes, they'll be ready for him.


"We had three family members prepared to speak today," said Nowak. "Now they have a little more time to work on their speech, but again, it's disappointing."

"And let's just hope he never does anything like that again," said Sierra. 

Authorities said they're not sure if Haydon was trying to hurt himself, run away or something else entirely. At this time, they don't know the extent of his injuries. Haydon is scheduled to be back in court for his sentencing on August 31st.

 Online Reporter: Anna Carrera


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