A love triangle that ended after a woman shot at her lover’s wife resulted in two felony convictions in Crawford County Circuit Court this week.
Following a plea agreement, Mary Janka, 36, pleaded no contest to two counts of recklessly endangering safety with the use of a dangerous weapon. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 20.
The convictions originated from an incident in October of last year, when Janka’s lover’s wife, Jane Beutin, went to confront her husband at their vacation property in the Town of Wauzeka.
Jane Beutin met her husband Tad Beutin at their property on Gran Grea Road, according to a criminal complaint. After talking in a cabin on the property, they went back to the main entrance to the property where they met Janka.
Jane Beutin ordered Janka to leave the property. Janka then took a .22 caliber handgun from the trunk of her car and fired at Jane Beutin at close range, but missed.
Jane Beutin fled while Janka continued to fire at her. Beutin attempted to protect herself in a bathroom in a shed on the property where Janka fired five rounds through the door.
Tad Beutin was able to take the gun away from Janka. Neither Tad nor Jane Beutin were harmed and they contacted law enforcement from a neighbors house.
Janke had originally been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. All three individuals are residents of the Milwaukee area.