A judge Wednesday sentenced a La Crosse man who was on community supervision when prosecutors charged him in a September shooting to four years in prison.

Jeremy Rigelsky, 30, was serving five years on probation for stealing drawings and a notepad in 2005 from the French Island home of Philip Schuth when he fired three shots into a vehicle Sept. 7, wounding a passenger.

The state Department of Corrections revoked his probation before La Crosse County Circuit Judge Gloria Doyle imposed the four-year prison sentence and four years on extended supervision. Rigelsky will serve the sentence consecutive to one he is currently serving for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

While his attorney fought for a two-year sentence, prosecutors asked he serve four years in prison, arguing Rigelsky’s failure at rehabilitation and escalating violence makes him a risk to the public.

“A lot has happened in the more than 10 years since the charge that created his first felony conviction,” Assistant District Attorney Emily Hynek said.

Rigelsky in April 2006 was sentenced to 3½ years in prison and 4½ years on extended supervision for stabbing a fellow Logan High School student seven times in a school stairwell. During that investigation, police learned he broke into the home of Schuth, who shot his neighbor and hid his mother’s body in a basement freezer.

Rigelsky was placed on probation in 2010 for battery by prisoners, although it was revoked in 2012 and he was sentenced to 18 months in prison. He was sentenced to three years in prison in 2014 for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On Sept. 7, less than three months after his release from prison, Rigelsky at close range fired three shots into the passenger side of a car while driving south in the 800 block of Copeland Avenue in a stolen car, according to court records. One shot struck a backseat passenger in the thigh.

Days earlier, he pointed a gun at a woman and threatened to kill her at gunpoint after they drove to near the Seventh Street boat landing and confronted three people walking on Mormon Coulee Road, showed a gun tucked in his waistband.

Prosecutors charged Rigelsky with 14 crimes, including two counts each of attempted homicide and pointing a firearm at another and four counts of felon in possession of a firearm. His trial is June 12.

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Anne Jungen covers law enforcement and the criminal justice system in La Crosse County. She joined the Tribune reporting staff in December 2005. You can contact her directly at ajungen@lacrossetribune.com or 608-791-8224.

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