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DA: Attackers left man in woods for wolves

CRANDON (WAOW) – A 40-year-old man, bloodied and beaten, was left in the woods, while his attackers expected wolves to devour him, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday.

Six people, including two juveniles, were charged in Forest County Circuit Court, including with attempted first-degree homicide.

The adults charged in the case were Raymond Jones, 45, April Jones, 38, Justin Bey, 21, and Samantha McClellan, 18, according to court records.

Investigators say the man was beaten and tortured inside a Wabeno home.

"He was hit with sticks, canes, urinated on," said Charles Simono, the Forest County district attorney.

Court records show one of the suspects met the victim on an online dating site. Authorities say the suspects beat the victim in retaliation because they believed he touched a child inappropriately. But officials say there are no plans to charge the man.

"They don't get much worse than this," said Simono.

Prosecutors say the suspects left the man in the woods near Crandon for almost two days hoping wolves would attack him. Two ATV drivers found the man last week. He was taken to Saint Josephs Hospital in Marshfield with numerous injuries.

"His jaw is broken, he has two broken ribs, his one foot was completely frozen solid from being in the elements," said Simono.

The district attorney says this is one of the worst cases he's seen in his career.

"I've probably got one that ranks higher than this that just takes your breath away but this is pretty severe," said Simono.

He says the victim is lucky to be alive.

"Amount of blood loss, and the degree of hypothermia including the solidification of one his limbs and extensive frostbite through out I don't think he had much longer," said Simono.

One of the suspects had an attorney in court, but she declined to comment.

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