Supervisor who was intoxicated, armed at meeting sentenced

Published 6:48 pm Friday, February 7, 2020

The Winnebago County supervisor who pleaded guilty in December to public intoxication and carrying a firearm while under the influence at a board meeting was sentenced Friday to jail time and two years of probation.

Michael Stensrud, 63, of Lake Mills will serve two days in jail, while 88 days will be suspended. He will also have to pay $380 in fines.

An officer was called to the Winnebago County Courthouse at 10:16 a.m. May 21 shortly after a board of supervisors meeting concluded for a male who was possibly intoxicated.

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The officer detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Stensrud, and he admitted to having alcohol in the cup he had with him.

Court documents state he was initially found to have a .09 blood alcohol level. When he was tested a second time about 34 minutes later, that level was at .097. He was carrying a Wesson MP 9 Shield pistol in his right front pocket.

Stensrud, who has served on the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors since 2009, stated in previous articles that he had been drinking the day of the meeting. He said he went to treatment in January 2019 and had not had a drink until that morning.


See what happened last night in the PM report here.