A man with a lengthy criminal background has been charged with 10 crimes in connection with a July 6 incident resulting in the death of Dustin Kalland, 39, of Stillwater.
Brandon Michael Lieffring, 37, of New Richmond has been charged with first degree reckless homicide, homicide by vehicle while use of controlled substance, fleeing an officer causing death and knowingly operating while suspended causing death. Lieffring was additionally charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia and five counts of felony bail jumping. All 10 charges carry the repeater modifier.
Lieffring made his initial appearance in court July 9. St. Croix County Circuit Judge Michael Waterman made the decision to hold Lieffring on $100,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing is set for 8:45 a.m. July 23.
According to the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department, officers were dispatched to Star Prairie Township for a complaint of a 2013 Jeep Liberty that was taken without permission. They were also informed that a “no-contact” order was also violated.
Deputies responded, located the vehicle and attempted to stop the vehicle North of New Richmond on State Highway 65. The driver of the vehicle, Lieffring, did not stop and a vehicle pursuit occurred.
The pursuit continued eastbound on State Highway 64, then northbound on State Highway 46 toward Deer Park. During this time, Lieffring passed several other motorists on the left hand side. Multiple motorcycles were taking a left hand turn on Main Street, near North Street W. in Deer Park. Lieffring struck Kalland and then fled on foot where deputies were able to apprehend him after a short foot pursuit.
Although life saving measures were taken, the St. Croix County Medical Examiner pronounced Kalland dead at the scene.
The WI State Patrol, Polk County Sheriffs Office and the Pierce County Medical Examiner's Office were requested to investigate the incident, per Wisconsin State Statutes.
If Lieffring is convicted on all charges, he is facing up to 130 years in prison and over $210,000 in fines.