Potts sentenced for Peeler murder

Michael Potts (Outagamie Co. Jail)

APPLETON - A man whose initial murder conviction - and life sentence - was overturned was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for the murder of Artheddius Peeler.

Michael Potts was also placed on extended supervision for 20 years by Outagamie County Judge Mark McGinnis.

A jury originally convicted Potts of first-degree intentional homicide for the 2008 shooting at a Grand Chute birthday party. But after sentencing, McGinnis ruled that Potts' trial attorney was ineffective and ordered a new trial. Before that trial could be concluded, Potts agreed to a plea deal with a conviction for reckless homicide.

Another man, Keith Birr, was acquitted for his alleged role in the shooting.