Green Bay Press Gazette reports. After Koss crawled from the fire and attempted to fight back, Nolan strangled her while others tried to restrain him before he fled the scene, according to the police and witness accounts.
Koss suffered first, second, and third-degree burns, which required plastic surgery and painful therapy to repair.Koss, who has chosen to speak through her sister, Holly Koss, and the local advocacy group Diverse & Resilient Appleton Room to Be Safe, was not consulted about the plea bargain.
She learned of the downgraded charges this week after the fact.“Nolan’s charges originally included felony substantial battery with a hate crime modifier and misdemeanor disorderly conduct with a hate crime modifier,” Diverse & Resilient said in a statement posted to Facebook. “However, the family has learned that the Brown County District Attorney David Lasee intends to offer a plea agreement to Nolan that drops the felony and both hate crime modifiers.
Dessiray, her family, and Diverse & Resilient consider this nothing more than a slap on the wrist.” “This is a person [Shane Nolan] who engaged in a criminal act that could have killed Dessi,” Holly Koss said in a statement. “A person who commits a crime so terrible in which they hold a person in a fire because of their sexual orientation has some serious issues that will now cost his victim trauma for the rest of her life.”Nolan had worked as an officer with the Green Bay Correctional Institute before he was fired last November.