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Second defendant convicted in bar fight
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The second of two men arrested after a third man received severe injuries in a fight in a Beetown bar was convicted in a one-day trial in Grant County Circuit Court in Lancaster Friday.

Jeremy Kastner, 39, Platteville, was convicted of substantial battery — intending bodily harm, a felony, and disorderly conduct.

Kastner will be sentenced March 10 after a presentence investigation. He faces a maximum sentence of 3¾ years in prison and $11,000 in fines.

Timothy Riley, 38, Lancaster, was sentenced Dec. 11 to 2¼ years in prison and three years extended supervision after he 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.

Kastner’s and Riley’s 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. 

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.