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Quentin Louis reaches plea deal, gets new sentence


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- The Athens man responsible for shaking his daughter and causing her death back in 2006 is now out from behind bars. 

32-year-old Quentin Louis was originally sentenced to serve 20 years for the death of his 4 month old daughter Madalyn, who died of shaken baby syndrome. Louis and his attorney Edward Hunt convinced the court to reopen the case.

The defense and prosecution reached a late Wednesday evening agreement for a plea deal, changing the charge from first to second degree reckless homicide. Judge Patrick O’Melia accepted the no contest plea to the new charge, and also the sentencing recommendations of 19 total years, with 9 behind bars and 10 on extended supervision. Since Louis has already served 9 years and 18 days in the Marathon County Jail, his time behind bars is done. 

Louis cannot have unsupervised contact with children under 18, but O’Melia left it up to his probation agent and the child’s mother if he can have unsupervised contact with his 11-year-old child. Louis also has arrangements for a job, and family support.

The Louis case was reopened by the court due to new science concerning shaken baby syndrome and its symptoms.