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Marshall man gets life in prison with possibility of parole for murder; new questions about trial witness

UPDATE (WKOW) — A Marshall man was sentenced to life in prison Friday with the possibility of parole after 20 years.

Daniel Lieske, 61, was convicted in January for the 2018 murder of 21-year-old Jesse Faber.

Prosecutors asked Lieske’s sentence include no chance for parole, arguing Faber was defenseless when Lieske shot him six times in the back, and then stashed Faber’s body in a storage locker as a search for Faber took place. Lieske had drank beer and used cocaine before the killing.  A prosecutor Friday said Lieske sold drugs and lied about Faber’s whereabouts during a massive search for Faber.

“What he did was inexcusable,”  the victim’s mother April Faber says.

When handing down the sentence, Judge Jill Karofsky explained that Lieske’s age factored into her decision. When he becomes eligible for parole consideration, Liekse will be 81.

“I’m very, very sorry and remorseful about this whole thing,”  Lieske says.  “I’ve never hurt anyone in my life.  I would never intentionally try to hurt anybody.”

Faber was killed after Lieske broke-up a party next door hosted by the son of Lieske’s girlfriend, Meichelle Goss.  Goss was sentenced to nearly a year in jail for helping Lieske hide Faber’s corpse.

But Lieske’s attorney, Dennis Burke says Lieske will file court actions to challenge the outcome in the case.  Burke says a trial witness for the prosecution, Emmanuel Harris received a payment from a Faber family member.  During trial, Harris testified Lieske told him he killed Faber after Faber rejected Lieske’s sexual proposition and threatened to expose Lieske’s actions.  Harris also testified Lieske concocted a self defense theory.

In an affidavit filed with the court by Burke, another inmate maintains Harris revealed he had lied on the witness stand, and also claimed a Sheriff’s deputy confirmed $80 was placed into Harris’s account by a Faber family member.

“The justice system is built upon truth,”  Burke says.  “And the integrity of that system has been compromised.”

“No one was paid for any testimony,”  Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne says.

But Ozanne declined comment on whether money was deposited into an account for Harris by someone with ties to the case.

“I believe you will find out all information you are seeking in future (court) filings,”  Ozanne says.

Faber family members say Jesse Faber did nothing to deserve his terrible fate.

“Life of the party, never violent, never raised a hand to anybody,”  Faber’s father, Daniel Faber says.


MADISON (WKOW) — A Marshall man is being sentenced for a January 2018 murder.

Daniel Lieske, 61, convicted for the murder of 21-year-old Jesse Faber, is being sentenced today in Dane County circuit court.

Lieske was found guilty of First-Degree Intentional Homicide by a jury in January 2019. The jurors deliberated for eleven hours after a trial which lasted almost two weeks.

The homicide charge carries a mandatory life sentence.

Lieske shot and killed Jesse Faber, 21, in Lieske’s home in Marshall in January of 2018. Lieske says he shot in self-defense, but jurors decided Lieske killed Faber intentionally.  A trial witness testified Faber rejected Lieske’s sexual advance and then threatened to tell others about it before he was shot.

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