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2 years prison after bar fight
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One of two men arrested after a third man received severe injuries in a fight in a Beetown bar Sept. 26 was sentenced to 2¼ years in prison.

Timothy Riley, 38, Lancaster, was convicted in a jury trial Dec. 2 of party to substantial battery — intending bodily harm as a repeater, two counts of felony bail jumping as a repeater, and disorderly conduct as a repeater.

Grant County Circuit Judge Craig Day sentenced Riley Dec. 11 to 2 years in prison on the battery charge and one felony bail jumping charge, to be served concurrently, and 90 days in jail on the other felony bail jumping charge and the disorderly conduct charge, concurrent to each other but consecutive to the other charges, to be served in prison.

Riley also was sentenced to three years extended supervision after the prison sentence.

The other man charged in connection with the fight at Yesterdaze Tavern in Beetown, Jeremy Kastner, 39, Platteville, has a scheduled trial for Jan. 8 on charges of party to substantial battery — intending bodily harm as a repeater and disorderly conduct as a repeater. Kastner pleaded not guilty to the charges Oct. 13.

Joseph Koelker, 28, Cassville, was taken by Cassville EMS to Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster and then taken to UW Hospital in Madison by Med Flight helicopter for severe head trauma. Koelker was hit in the head with a shovel, and punched and kicked several times, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The other two people involved in the fight left the bar in a vehicle, which was located Sept. 27 around 12:20 p.m. About an hour later, deputies arrested Riley. Kastner was arrested at his residence in Platteville for two warrants on charges of possession of prescription medication without a prescription and bail jumping later that day.

Riley was placed on three years probation, including 29 days jail, after he pleaded no contest Nov. 4 to a charge of manufacturing or delivery of a prescription drug as a repeater, for which he was charged last October, according to court records. Riley’s probation conditions include paying restitution to the Richland–Iowa–Grant Drug Task Force, not consuming alcohol or controlled substances, and random urinalysis.