New judge set in Forest Co. beating case

From left to right: Justin Bey, Raymond Jones, April Jones, Samantha McClellan (Forest Co. Jail)
From left to right: Justin Bey, Raymond Jones, April Jones, Samantha McClellan (Forest Co. Jail)

CRANDON – An Oneida County judge has been appointed to hear the case against four people charged with beating up a man and leaving him for dead in the woods.

Raymond Jones, Samantha McClellan, Justin Bey, and April Jones now have arraignments scheduled for May 13 before Oneida County Judge Michael Bloom.

Defendants in criminal cases are allowed one judge substitution request without needing to cite a reason, and which is granted automatically if requested before the arraignment. All four did so in this case, which had been assigned to Forest County’s lone judge, Hon. Leon Stenz.

The victim met one of the suspects online and traveled to Forest County. After the suspects claim the man inappropriately touched a child, they allegedly beat the man for several days and left him for dead in the woods for wolves to eat. He was later found by ATV riders.

All four face multiple charges, including attempted homicide, aggravated battery, false imprisonment and kidnapping.

No charges are planned against the victim for the alleged touching incident, the district attorney has said.

Two juveniles are also charged in the case.

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