JEFFERSON — A plea hearing has been scheduled for a 33-year-old Jefferson man facing a variety of charges related to the armed robberies of gas stations in Jefferson County and subsequent bond violations.
Appearing before Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Randy Koschnick Friday, defense attorney Paul A. Ksicinski indicated that an agreement has been reached with Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Gabrysiak regarding charges filed against Corbett G. Ross.
A plea/sentencing hearing in the multiple cases was set for Thursday, Sept. 24.
Ross is the primary suspect, and previously was bound over for trial, in three armed gas station robberies that occurred in January, five unrelated felony counts of bailjumping and one count each of obstruction and resisting an officer. He had pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
No indication has been given as to the arrangement reached between the two parties.
Ross is facing a maximum penalty of more than 150 years in prison and fines of more than $360,000 if found guilty of all the charges. He currently remains in custody on a total bond of $300,000.
According to the criminal complaint, the first robbery took place at the Stop-N-Go at 313 Madison Ave. in Fort Atkinson, to which police were called at 2:43 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2. At 11:35 a.m. the following Friday, Jan. 9, police responded to a robbery at KP Mart Mobil at 415 Janesville Ave.
A Shell gas station at 423 S. Church St., Watertown, was the target of an armed robbery early Monday afternoon, Jan. 12.
Ross originally had been released on a $50,000 signature bond related to the three counts of armed robbery that occurred in Fort Atkinson and Watertown.
Among the conditions of his release was that he was to undergo a daily urinalysis at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office. The urine test, to be completed by 4 p.m. each day, was to check for opiates, marijuana and alcohol at least.
The criminal complaint in the original bailjumping case states that Ross had tested negative from Jan. 22-28. However, on Thursday, Jan. 29, he reportedly tested positive for opiates during his urinalysis.
Taken into custody, he was charged with bailjumping and a $1,000 cash bond was set. The $1,000 bond was posted at that time, while other conditions remained the same, including the requirement of treatment.
The bond subsequently was modified on Feb. 10 to require a $10,000 cash bond if Ross were not present for or removed from the treatment program at Hope Haven Addiction Treatment Rehab in Madison. Per Ross’ attorney, Ross had been compliant with treatment, but for some reason, the facility decided on its own to discontinue working with him.
Upon learning that Ross was not present at the facility, a warrant was issued for his arrest and he again was taken into custody.
Ross subsequently posted an $11,000 cash bond on Feb. 24 and was released, with identical conditions as previously set.
The final bailjumping allegations relates to Ross’ apparent attempt to provide a false urine sample on Wednesday, March 25.
Ross allegedly used a homemade Whizzanator, a device utilized to provide a fraudulent urine sample, while providing a sample at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, March 25. The device reportedly malfunctioned and deputies determined Ross was attempting to provide a false sample.
When he was searched, a red cloth-type potholder fell to the floor. Subsequently, Ross provided a real urine sample that gave a preliminary positive test for the presence of opiates.