Wallace man gets prison for sexual assault

MENOMINEE — A Wallace man who admitted to sexually assaulting a former girlfriend at his home in 2016 was sentenced Friday to five to 15 years in prison. The judgment was handed down in Menominee County Circuit Court.

Earlier this year, Kevin Michael Ihander, 44, pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, a 15-year felony.

He was originally charged in 2016 with one count of kidnapping and two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct (rape) committed during a felony, each a life felony.

The three felony charges stemmed from a July 28, 2016, incident at Ihander’s residence involving a female victim from Wisconsin who was in a dating relationship with Ihander, according to the Menominee County Sheriff’s Department, the investigating agency.

Four days after the incident occurred, the victim reported to law enforcement that she was threatened not to leave the home and was sexually assaulted by Ihander. Following a lengthy investigation, Ihander was arrested and lodged in jail on Dec. 9, 2016.

After his arraignment in district court, he posted a $10,000 bond and was released from jail.

The kidnapping and two rape counts were bound over from district court to circuit court in February 2017.

When Ihander later failed to attend a scheduled hearing in circuit court, his bond was cancelled and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. He turned himself in to police on March 20, 2017, and he was lodged back in jail.

After Ihander’s pretrial conference hearings were postponed a couple times, he pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct on Jan. 12. In exchange for the guilty plea, the prosecution agreed to dismiss the kidnapping charge and the two counts of rape.

In addition to the jail/prison term, Ihander was also ordered to pay $448 in fines and costs. He was given credit for serving 228 days in jail. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender. He must have no contact with the victim or her child.