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One convicted for injuries in Beetown 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 was convicted of four charges in a jury trial in Grant County Circuit Court last week.

Timothy Riley, 38, Lancaster, was convicted 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.

Riley will be sentenced on the charges by Grant County Circuit Judge Craig Day Friday at 1 p.m. He faces maximum penalties of 15¾ years in prison and $31,000 in fines.

The charges were in connection with a fight at Yesterdaze Tavern in Beetown Sept. 26.

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. 

Jeremy Kastner, 39, Platteville, 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.

Kastner pleaded not guilty Oct. 13 to party to substantial battery — intending bodily harm as a repeater and disorderly conduct as a repeater. Kastner’s trial on those charges is set for Jan. 5, with a status conference Dec. 16.

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.