The disgraced former Village of Pleasant Prairie public works director John Steinbrink, Jr was in court today for a status conference. Steinbrink was charged last year with seven felonies related to corruption, enough to put him behind bars for decades. In the six-page criminal complaint, Steinbrink, Jr was is facing charges of one count of Theft – False Representation between $10,000 and $100,000 and six counts of felony Misconduct in Public Office – Excess Authority. The former carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, and the latter, 3.5 years each.
In court today, defense attorney Richard Smith told Judge Milisauskas that the discovery has been coming to the defense in “drips.” He said there was a lot of discovery in this case and he now thinks he has all of it. “I believe Mr. Steenrod wants to do some additional investigation to determine if he can in fact go forward with some of these charges,” said Smith. “I’m asking for another status date.”
“I need to have some discussions with some members of the Pleasant Prairie public works department and the finance department and that’s actually scheduled for later today at 2:45 in the afternoon,” said Steenrod. Steenrod told the court that after his meeting with the village, the parties will know if the case will be a plea deal or a trial.
Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Anthony Milisauskas told the parties “I’m giving you one more adjournment so we will reschedule it for 60 days, and at the next court hearing I would like to know whether there are going to be some plea negotiations or a trial becuase it’s very hard to get a trial.”
Steinbrink is due back in court on May 4, 2023 at 4pm.