A Poynette man is back in jail after less than a week of freedom, facing a felony weapons charge.
Gary Lemberger, 47, appeared in Columbia County Circuit Court on Thursday charged with felony offenses of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of marijuana as a repeated offense.
Columbia County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to a residence in the town of Dekorra just after 7 a.m. Monday, where Lemberger reportedly had been smoking marijuana after drinking upward of a gallon of vodka with firearms in the vicinity.
The man who reported the situation, according to court documents, told dispatchers that Lemberger, who was lying on the floor in the kitchen, may have been dying. When officers arrived, a revolver was found on top of the refrigerator, though it was plugged and without a firing pin. Officers also found a Glock .38 caliber semi-automatic pistol at the scene.
Lemberger reportedly threatened to beat up medical technicians before being taken into custody and to a hospital where he was abusive toward staff.
One of the two men who were with Lemberger at the time told officers that Lemberger had consumed roughly a gallon of vodka in the prior 24 hours and had been drinking since he was released from jail the previous Friday.
“It is very concerning that this man just finished a one-year sentence on a felony operating while intoxicated matter and almost immediately upon release from jail started consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana,” said District Attorney Jane Kohlwey, who requested a cash bond at Lemberger’s initial appearance by video from Columbia County Jail on Wednesday, “and then he is found in possession of a firearm as well.”
On Dec. 29, Lemberger was sentenced to one year in jail after entering a plea of no contest to operating a vehicle with a prohibited alcohol content as a fifth or sixth offense and possession of marijuana. In late April 2016, Lemberger was sentenced to one year in jail following a conviction for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated as a fourth offense in Dane County.
Columbia County Judge Todd Hepler ordered Lemberger held on $500 cash bond and to next appear in court for an Oct. 12 preliminary hearing.