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Charges against two in Smelser shooting incident
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SMELSER — A 35-year-old Mineral Point man was charged with first-degree recklessly endangering safety after a shooting south of Platteville June 4.

Jeremy Stonestreet will have a preliminary hearing in Grant County Circuit Court in Lancaster Wednesday, June 19 at 2 p.m. He made his first appearance Thursday.

Stonestreet is free on a $2,500 signature bond. He faces a maximum penalty of 12½ years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.

An arrest warrant on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property was issued Friday for Sean L. Fortney, 38, 1139 Rock Road, Platteville, in connection with the shooting. Fortney had not been arrested as of Tuesday morning, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

Robert Hess, 34, Janesville, was shot in the stomach at 1139 Rock Road around 9:20 p.m., according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department. Hess was taken by Platteville EMS to Southwest Health Center, then was taken via MedFlight helicopter to UW Hospital in Madison with non-life-threatening injuries.

Hess was a witness to a confrontation between Stonestreet and Fortney, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

According to the Sheriff’s Department, Fortney threw a rock through the rear window of Stonestreet’s vehicle, then Stonestreet fired a 9mm handgun, shooting Hess in the stomach.

Stonestreet fled the scene, then was taken into custody by Mineral Point police that night.

The Sheriff’s Department was assisted at the scene by the Platteville Fire Department, and by the Iowa County Sheriff’s Department.