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Tripoli man convicted again for 2016 standoff with police


RHINELANDER (WAOW) - A Tripoli man was convicted again Friday for his role in an hours-long standoff with police after a domestic dispute more than two years ago, according to online Oneida County court records.

In a plea deal, Kenneth Welsh, 62, pleaded no contest to one felony - negligent use of a dangerous weapon - and prosecutors dismissed two other charges, court records said.

Welsh had been convicted of first-degree reckless endangerment and operating a firearm while intoxicated, a misdemeanor, in an earlier plea agreement but a judge allowed Welsh to withdraw his plea to the more serious charge as some "elements" related to the decision were not all provided, court records said.

Welsh had been sentenced to three years in prison and had served time at a prison in Black River Falls.

He is to be sentenced again Wednesday, court records said.

Investigators said the April 19, 2016, standoff at a rural Tripoli home started when Welsh and his then-59-year-old wife got into an "altercation" in which she shot him in the arm in self-defense.

As the wife was fleeing in a car, Welsh shot into the vehicle's windshield but the bullet didn't penetrate the glass, the Oneida County Sheriff's Department said.

When deputies arrived, Welsh aimed a gun at them, the agency said. Bean bag rounds were used to help apprehend him after he was sitting on his porch with a gun.

Investigators found out Welsh was filing his home with propane.

Officers from seven area sheriff's departments rushed to the home following a 911 call reporting Welsh would blow up the home "if anyone shows up." The standoff lasted about four hours.

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