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Sentencing set in area murder case

March 22, 2019

JUNEAU -- A date for sentencing was set for a former Fox Lake man who was found guilty of first-degree intentional homicide for shooting his girlfriend.

Laverne Ware Jr., 38 will appear before Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Brian Pfitzinger on June 28 to hear his sentence.

Sesalie Dixon’s body was found Dec. 4, 2016, in the passenger seat of a pickup truck owned by Ware, parked in the garage of a Fox Lake home he owned. She had died of three nine millimeter gunshot wounds to the head, according to an autopsy.

Ware was found guilty of all five counts against him early Saturday morning by a Jefferson County jury that deliberated for six hours, concluding a 10 day trial. Ware was found guilty of first-degree homicide, hiding a corpse, incest -- Dixon was also his first cousin -- and two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The homicide conviction carries an automatic life sentence. However, Pfitzinger may set a parole eligibility date between 20 years and life. He may also decree that Ware must serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole. Ware could be sentenced up to 45 additional years for the other charges on which he was convicted. The judge could have those sentences run concurrent to the homicide sentence.

His attorneys argued that Ware’s mother was Dixon’s murderer; and during, the trial Ware’s mother, Marjorie Jones, testified and denied any involvement in murdering Dixon.

Jones, has already been convicted on related charges of harboring/aiding a felon for hiding the gun that killed Dixon, along with possession of a firearm as a felon, and was sentenced last March to six years in prison.