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State Supreme Court Denies Rhinelander Man’s Appeal

10 Apr News

The state supreme court rejected the appeal of a Rhinelander man who is serving time for the death of his daughter.

Matthew Lonkoski was convicted of recklessly causing great harm and child neglect resulting in death. His infant daughter swallowed a morphine tablet and later died. The 25 year old is serving 12 years in prison for as a result

Lonkoski’s appeal reached the state supreme court, in which he asked the courts to throw out statements he gave to the police prior to his arrest. In the ruling, the court said that Lonkoski came to the sheriff’s department without being asked and voluntarily submitted to questioning by law enforcement officers.

They ruled, “In the totality of the circumstances, a reasonable person in (his) position, at the time he stated he wanted an attorney would believe that he or she was “free to terminate the interview and leave the scene.” As such, the state’s highest court denied his appeal.