Kenosha area democrats took to social media on December 22, 2022 to praise Kenosha resident Sharmain Harris (34). The man known to fellow gang members and police as “Slim,” says he is no longer in a street gang and is a changed man. Harris has a rap sheet that is too expansive to include in any one place, so we will illustrate the most serious crimes here.
Harris has been involved with and suspected of many serious crimes such as shootings, robberies and more, in which there was insufficient evidence to charge him or a victim stopped cooperating, according to police reports.
On August 21, 2007, Sharmain Harris called a friend to come over to a house to hang out. Shortly after the friend arrived, a man in a ski mask entered the house with a loaded gun and robbed Harris’ friend, taking $100, his wallet, and a cell phone. The suspect shot his gun towards Harris’ friend also, but missed. The victim said that Harris set him up for the robbery, because the house was abandoned and didn’t belong to Harris. Also, he said Harris slipped out of the house immediately before the robbery. The suspect used the victim’s debit card many times. In this case, based on information in the police report and in Harris’ pardon application, Harris was charged with one or more crimes. He pled guilty to felony burglary, and was sentenced to one year of probation. A Judge, suspected to be Mary K. Wagner, expunged this felony from Harris’ record. We do not have all of the details because the expungement seals the criminal file.
Harris was charged with two counts of selling real crack and one count of selling fake crack. He was convicted of one count of real crack-selling and one count of fake crack-selling in 2009. Judge Mary K. Wagner (D), arguably the most liberal and soft-on-crime judge in the state, went easy on him, giving him 4 years of probation for the two felony convictions.
Four months after he was caught selling crack, he was charged with six felonies and two misdemeanors for a gang-land assault in the 4600 block of 36th Ave. According to the criminal complaint, and a source, on May 17, 2009, Harris was accused of beating a man with a baseball bat. He then threw a brick through the window of a house hitting a woman and nearly missing a child. Harris was with about 30 other people, all alleged to be members of the same street gang. The Kenosha County DA’s office unbelievably dismissed five felonies and two misdemeanors. He pled guilty to one felony. Believe it or not, Wagner gave him only 2 more years of probation on top of the 4 already imposed. No jail time. It was clear to Kenosha residents at this point the Kenosha DA’s Office and Judge Mary K. Wagner had a secret relationship with Harris. Harris and Wagner exchanged letters and were seemingly pen pals.
In 2011, while still on probation, Harris was charged for yet another incident of violence. He was charged with 1 felony and 3 misdemeanors. According to the criminal complaint, a 6’3″ Harris kicked in the door to his ex-girlfriend’s home and entered it without permission. The victim told police he was upset, looking for crack and money. Turns out, he was still selling drugs. When Harris realized she was on the phone with 9-1-1, he strangled her and dragged her around the home by her throat and hair. He then took the phone, her wallet, and left the home. He was charged with felony strangulation and suffocation as a repeater, battery as a repeater, criminal damage to property as a repeater and theft <= $2,500 as a repeater. Again, the Kenosha County DA’s office dismissed the felony for strangling and suffocating his petite now wife, and he pled guilty to the misdemeanors. This case revoked his probation and sent him to prison for five years and extended supervision for five more years.
After getting out of prison, Kenosha County DA Michael Graveley (D) sent a letter to Judge Mary K. Wagner on January 26, 2016 asking the judge to shorten Harris’ extended supervision so that Harris could apply for a pardon sooner. Governor Evers requires a sentence to be completed for five years before one can be considered for a pardon. Of course, Wagner (D) agreed to this motion.
On March 9, 2020, Harris applied for a pardon. In an application for a pardon, one must include all of the court documents including the criminal complaints – that give the details of the crime. Harris purposefully left out the criminal complaints and only submitted the judgments. This was seemingly to hide the details of his crimes. Also, he applied too early. He didn’t wait the full five years. This denied application was supported, of course by Judge Mary K. Wagner (D), DA Graveley (D), a probation agent named Terra Wendricks , and a DJ named John Hogan III who now works/volunteers for KABA as a mentor.
Harris then started a program called the “Dedicated Dads Program.” He started a website and listed eight endorsements that we learned were all made up. Harris removed all of the endorsements when the organizations asked him to. The only organization that didn’t ask him to remove the fake endorsement was Carthage President John Swallow (D). Harris removed it anyway.
Harris convinced Former County Executive Jim Kreuser (D) and Department of Human Services Director John Jansen (D) to give him more than $112,000 to teach men how to be dads. The new County Executive, Samantha Kerkman (R) hasn’t said if she will continue the contracts with Harris.
On February 23, 2021, Harris became eligible for the pardon. State Senator Bob Wirch (D) worked with Evers’ office to make sure he didn’t need to reapply. Harris was made to supply the missing criminal complaints.
According to a public records request, Graveley has only supported three pardons in his career. The first, was a man named William Phillips who wanted to be pardoned for selling crack. The second and third, are Harris, and his father, Pastor Monroe Mitchell, who is now being prosecuted by Graveley for repeated sexual assaults of his granddaughter. Graveley has told KCE that this isn’t a conflict of interest. Here is Pastor Monroe’s Record:
1985 Obstruct Officer
1985 Disorderly Conduct
1991 Felony Possession of Controlled Substances
1991 Probation Violation
1991 Probation Violation
1994 Felony Manufacture/ Delivery Crack Cocaine (4 Years Prison)
1997 Domestic Abuse / Domestic Battery
2004 Domestic Abuse / Disorderly Conduct
2022 Repeated Sexual Assault of a Child and Two Counts of Attempted Second Degree (Pending)
Graveley has opposed the pardon of Eric Morgan for one count of felony child abuse. Graveley wrote that the Governor shouldn’t pardon child abuse cases – he believes, however they should be considered for violence against women, adults, and gang members.
Harris was hired by UW- Parkside as a professor of criminal justice. That is, without a job interview, meeting the qualifications, or submitting an application. We had to sue Chancellor Debbie Ford (D), who hired Harris, to learn all of this. Debbie Ford gave Harris the job as a favor to Graveley, who was also a professor at the college.
On December 22, 2022, Harris announced on Facebook that he had been pardoned. He also sent KCE an email, notifying me of the pardon and calling me fat – kind words from a changed man. He agreed to an interview so we will be reaching out to him shortly to invite him on a podcast. The local liberals went crazy in excitement. The narrative from Harris has always been that he went to prison for selling drugs, he never mentions his many instances of severe violence. We asked all of the people we recognized why they supported the pardon and if they would be “OK” with Harris dating their daughter/niece/or other female family member. Not ONE of the below would comment on their support or say they would be “OK” with Harris dating their daughter. It’s possible that these people like to be woke privately but not publicly. Many of the folks we reached out to didn’t know the extent of Harris’ violence and removed their comments or “likes” and “loves.” We didn’t include them in the list below. Here are some notable democrats that were excited, and supported his pardon:
Jennie Tunkiecz (D) – Former Kenosha County Chief of Staff (Jim Kreuser)
Didn’t answer the questions, but asked why KCE supported murderer Eric Nelson. (We didn’t)
Chad Kerkman (D) – Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge
Jan Michalski (D) – Kenosha Alderman
Rebecca Stevens (D) KUSD School Board Member
Todd Alan Price (D) KUSD School Board Member
Mary Modder (D) – Kenosha School Board Member
Sharon Pomaville (D) – Director of Sharing Center /Former Kenosha County Supervisor
Tanya Kitts-Lewinski (D) Former President Kenosha Teachers Union
Alexandria Biananti (D) – Former Downtown Kenosha Director / Failed Restaurant Manager
Anthony Kennedy (D) – Kenosha Alderman
Andy Berg (D) – Kenosha County Board Supervisor
Ron Gordon (D) -DJ / Wanted Criminal (Three Years On the Run)
Pastor Monroe Mitchell (D) – Pastor Facing Trial For Sexually Abusing His Granddaughter
Bob Johnson (D) – Failed Mayoral Candidate
Julia Robinson (D) – Former Alderman
Lydia Spottswood (D) – Former Alderman / Possible Mayoral Candidate
Shayna Griffin (D) – Former Alderman
Joe Cardinali (D) – Former Somers Trustee, Former County Board Supervisor, Convicted Drug-User
Angela Cunningham (D) – Failed Candidate for Kenosha County Judge failed congressional candidate.
Mitch Ferraro (D) Trans Activist – Calls Son They/Them Pronouns
Nina Pascucci-Ferraro (D) Convicted Drunk Driver – Trans Activist – Calls Son They/Them Pronouns
Crystal Miller (D) Failed Assembly Candidate. Ran as a Republican but is clearly a Democrat
Lori Hawkins (D) – Failed State Senate candidate and chair of the Kenosha County Democratic Party
Aimee Crucianelli (D) – Failed Aldermanic Candidate
Becky Noble (D) – KABA Director of Marketing
Didn’t answer questions, but erased comment.
Lawrence Kirby (D) – Former Police and Fire Commission President
Tamara Coleman (D) – Executive Director of the Shalom Center and former Kenosha School Board President
Tanya McLean (D) – Failed Aldermanic Candidate
Greg Bennett, Jr. (D) Criminal, Failed Aldermanic Candidate
Ray Lopez (D) – Violent Federally Convicted Criminal
Whitney Cabal (D) Trans/BLM Activist/ DA Mike Graveley Advisor/Friend
Laura Stoner (D) – Realtor
Katie Johnson (D) – Realtor
Brett Bjorn (D) – Owner Bjorn’s Clothing
Daniel Thompson (D) – Former Kenosha News Employee / Failed Solo-Journalist
Michelle Drews (D) Local Democrat
Didn’t respond to questions, but asked us not to list her as a democrat.
Terrance Young (D) (AKA Mustafa Young-El) Multiple Violent Felon, on Bail for Shooting, Convicted Rapist
Alexandra Volz (D) – Business Partner of County Supervisor Andy Berg (reportedly Berg’s new girlfriend, they are both going through divorces.)
Sarah Kirby (D) Kenosha Liberal Activist
Jerald Witt (D) Former KPD Officer
Just yesterday, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued a press release with his most recent 171 pardons. You can read them here. Most are for minor drug or theft felonies – we couldn’t find any violent felonies. Here is the interesting thing: Harris’ name is not on this list. Why not? We asked the governor and he refused to answer. Is he embarrassed? We also asked him last week why he pardoned such a violent criminal. He didn’t answer then either.
Harris can now run for public office, something he couldn’t do before. Harris has announced that he wants to run for Alderman in Kenosha’s 8th District. The current Alderman, David Mau had the following to say about the challenge:
“Repeat violent felons shouldn’t be pardoned so quickly or be able to purchase and own a firearm. Non-violent offenders are better choices for a pardon, but it’s not a surprise coming from Evers who enabled violent criminals to destroy our city in 2020. Kenosha citizens have been clear when asking for more police and safety. Mr. Harris’ past doesn’t seem to fit that bill. But he would be a welcomed opponent if he chose to run for alderman in 2024, and I wish him the best in his new endeavors.”
A pardon does not remove the felonies from Harris’ record, but instead only restores a few of his rights. He likely cannot posses a firearm still because of his violent domestic violence misdemeanors.
Governor Tony Evers’ Pardon Advisory Board Who Voted For Harris:
Erin Deeley (D) (Chair)
Deputy Legal Counsel in the governor’s office
Anthony Cooper, JR (D)
Vice President of Strategic Partnership and re-entry Services
Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development
Jerry Hancock (D)
Director of The Prison Ministry Project
Former Public Defender
Former Deputy District Attorney
Former Department of Justice Administrator
Myrna Warrington (D)
Director of Vocational Rehabilitation on the Menominee Indian reservation
Member of the Menominee tribal legislature
Jeffrey Kremers (D)
Former Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge
Cindy O’Donnell (D)
Deputy Secretary of the Department of Corrections
Former Administrator for two Attorneys General
Nadya Perez-Reyes (D)
Assistant Secretary for the Department of Children and Families
Former Public Defender