Woman convicted in stabbing gets 5 years prison

Jailer had bailed woman out, lived with her after charges
Woman convicted in stabbing gets 5 years prison

A Wisconsin Dells woman convicted of using a kitchen knife to stab her former live-in partner multiple times has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Ashley L. Adams pleaded no contest in March to aggravated battery with the intent to do great bodily harm during the attack that happened on Jan. 13, 2013, after a Green Bay Packers playoff game.

Adams was bailed out by a former Columbia County jailer who was fired for violating county policies as it related to fraternizing with criminal suspects.

Larry Yaap admitted to his supervisors on June 28, 2013, that he gave one of his neighbors $5,000 to bail Adams out of jail in June because he feared their relationship inside the jail could become sexual. Yaap’s neighbor subsequently brought Adams back to Yaap’s apartment where she lived before her trial.

“I developed some sort of connection with her. It’s one of those things where you just meet somebody and there’s something there,” Yaap told Columbia Co. Sheriff’s Department investigators in a taped interview last year, nearly three weeks after Adams had been bailed out. “I thought the safest thing to do was to bond her out. That way, I don’t have to think about her. I can concentrate at work and I don’t do, you know, the extreme example (like) have some kind of sexual contact with an inmate in jail.”

In addition to the five years in prison, Adams was also sentenced to eight years of extended supervision for pleading no contest to charges of substantial battery-intend bodily harm and disorderly conduct. She was further prohibited from having any contact with the victim.