Flatoff sentenced to 100 years in prison for Eagle Nation Cycles standoff

Brian Flatoff leaves Winnebago County Court after being sentenced to life in prison, May 16, 2018. (WLUK/Amber Luckett)

OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- Brian Flatoff will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

Flatoff, 48, was convicted of starting a standoff that led to police fatally shooting a man outside Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah in 2015. During that incident Micheal Funk on of the hostages was also killed by police after running out of the back door with a gun.

During a sentencing hearing Wednesday Judge John Jorgensen sentenced Flatoff to 100 years in prison and 50 years of extended supervision.

"You are 100 percent responsible for that day, the actions you took, all over a motorcycle, " said Jorgensen. " You have been on notice too many times of what needs to be done to address this alcohol issue, mental health issue, and here we are.you have the same insights as you had in the past," he said.


Before sentencing Flatoff, the judge gave Craig Hoffer, one of the officers involved in the incident, the opportunity to address the court.

"We entered a hell that I do not wish on my worst enemy, " said Hoffer.

Hoffer was shot in the head by Flatoff during an intense shootout. He was also responsible for killing Funk but was later cleared in the shooting.

"Brian Flatoff's actions are what lead to Micheal Funk drawing a firearm outside of the building and not the actions of anyone else on scene. With that said, I want to let the Funk family know I'm sorry for their loss and I wish I could've made that statement sooner," said Hoffer.

While Hoffer appeared remorseful for his actions, Flatoff showed very little and during his statement to the court he said he was treated fairly during the investigation.

"It doesn't justify what I did. Even if I was in my right mind -- and although the doctors aren't going to admit that -- I am still going to pay for what I did and I am going to pay for that, "said Flatoff.

Flatoff said he plans to appeal his sentence as soon as possible.




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