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Man killed by Portage Co. deputy had long criminal record

The man killed in a Portage County home invasion had a lengthy criminal record. Those who knew him say he had a connection with the homeowners.

Plover Police say Charles Jameson, 30, broke into a Portage County Sheriff's deputy's home. Authorities say off-duty Deputy Tony Gischia shot Jameson in self-defense.

On Tuesday Newsline spoke with Jameson's attorney. He said his client used to date a woman connected to the deputy. He says he's shocked by Jameson's actions, and by his death.

“I just feel bad as an attorney that you missed any signs that this might have happened,” said attorney Gary Kryshak.

Kryshak was Jameson's lawyer for his pending charges. He says he spoke with his client less than 48 hours before the shooting.

“We were talking what would happen at a trial, what charges we thought we could win and what charges we thought we could lose. I thought he went away very positive," said Kryshak.

During the early morning hours on Saturday, Plover Police say Jameson broke into Gischia's home.

They say he covered it with what they describe as a flammable liquid, and was planning on setting it on fire. That's when, police say, Gischia and another person came home. There was a scuffle, and investigators say Gischia shot Jameson in self defense.

Police say Jameson knew Gischia and the other person with him.

“I was shocked he took these actions,” said Kryshak.

As part of Jameson's lengthy criminal record, he appeared in court several times. During those times prosecutors say they asked the court for higher cash bonds to keep him in jail. Prosecutors say that's because they feared Jameson was a dangerous person. However the court repeatedly set his bond at $5,000 cash and he was set free.

We wanted to talk to the district attorney about those decisions. But, he declined to do an on camera interview. Jameson's family isn't commenting at this time.

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