An 18-year-old Kenosha man was charged today for many serious crimes for allegedly shooting his three-year-old sister on May 12, 2023. What Christian Koleske allegedly did after the shooting, added many more decades of potential prison time.
According to the criminal complaint, Kenosha Police were dispatched to the 5100 block of 29th Ave for a report of a child who was shot. The caller was the child’s great-grandmother. Police arrived and tried to make entry. At first, Kolenske wouldn’t let police in, but eventually unlocked the back door. Police found the three year old, Iyana Howard, on a bed with a towel wrapped around her leg. An officer noticed a gunshot wound to her upper thigh and placed a tourniquet on her leg, stopping the bleeding. He rushed her outside to an awaiting ambulance. In another room, police found a spent shell casting, the projectile, and smelled and saw smoke from what they think was a gunshot. Koleske’s girlfriend, Dynasty Cooper was also in the house. After Iyana was shot, Cooper started to help Iyana. She said that Koleske, instead of calling 9-1-1, called someone come get the gun. Cooper stated she didn’t know who came to take the gun. It would later be learned that she lied to police and her cousin DeDe Ellis came and took the gun. He was alleged to have sold it soon thereafter.
Kenosha Detectives spoke with Kolenske, who unbelievably blamed the injury on a drive-by shooting, even though the spent shell casting was inside the home. He said he gave his little sister Tylenol and a popsicle to help with the pain. Koleske denied ever having a gun. Later in the interview, Koleske seemed to convey that he did shoot his sister, but that it was an accident. Koleske said that since he was on probation, he was never going to call 9-1-1. His mother, Bonnie Cummings, also refused to call 9-1-1. She called her mother instead. Her mother, Iyana’s great-grandmother, waited 10 to 15 minutes before she called 9-1-1. At the hospital, the Doctor said that “The current history of not immediately seeking care for this wound, if true, is tantamount to medical neglect… although no bony or neurovascular damage, appropriate muscular healing and risk for infection are still a significant concern, and she still has the possibility of some motor deficit related to poor healing.”
In court today, Koleske was charged with (1) first degree reckless injury, use of a dangerous weapon, repeater, (2) possession of a firearm by adjudicated delinquent, repeater, (3) neglect of a child – consequence is great bodily harm, repeater, and (4) solicitation of harboring or aiding a felon – falsifying information, repeater.
Prosecutors are still considering charges against others, including Cooper.
Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Jessica Krejcarek asked the court today for a $50,000 cash bail, noting the violent nature of the crime.
Defense Attorney Chad Schamali asked for a low cash bond.
Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Donald Bielski apparently didn’t agree with the DA’s office about the seriousness of the allegations and set Kolense’s bond at only half the amount requested, $25,000. Koleske faces more than 60 years in the Wisconsin State Prison System if convicted of all charges.
Unfortunately for Iyana, Koleske seems to have been the beneficiary of the weak-on-crime stance of the progressive Kenosha DA’s office. Koleske has had no real consequences from prosecutors during his many criminal escapades. Many argue that he may not have shot the child if he would have been punished fairly. His record is as follows:
2019 – Disorderly Conduct
2019 – Criminal Damage to Property
2019 – (2) Counts of 4th Degree Sexual Assault
2019 – (2) Counts of Battery
2019 – Passenger of Stolen Motor Vehicle
2019 – (2) Counts of Burglary
2019 – Attempted Burglary
2021 – Battery
2021 – Resisting
2021 – Battery
2022 – Domestic Abuse
2022 – Resisting Officer
KCE has no details of the offenses Koleske was convicted for while a juvenile.
On September 6, 2021, police and prosecutors say that Koleske harmed an 11-year-old child that lived with him. While being arrested, he resisted and kicked at the police windows from inside the squad car. He threatened to spit on officers and used vulgarities with them. He was charged with felony child abuse – intentionally causing bodily harm and resisting arrest. The felony was pleaded down to a misdemeanor and he got a fine and two days of time served.
On September 25, 2021, police and prosecutors say that Koleski pushed down Iyana in a rage. He told his guardian that she was a “bitch,” “hoe,” and “miserable motherfucker.” He also told her “I hope you die so I can cremate your ass.” When arrested, he again threatened to spit on officers and kicked the squad car. Graveley’s office apparently didn’t seem to think the battery against his baby sister was serious. They dismissed the felony and another misdemeanor. He plead guilty only to only disorderly conduct. He got 47 days in jail, time served.
On February 3, 2022, police and prosecutors say that Koleske threw a board with nails sticking out of them at his guardian almost hitting her and the small children. He plead guilty to domestic abuse and served two days in jail.
On April 7, 2022, police and prosecutors say that Koleske was involved in a verbal domestic dispute with his girlfriend. When police arrived, he resisted arrest and fought with police. He also used vulgarities. He was charged with obstructing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and bail jumping. Everything was dismissed, except resisting. He was given 18 months of probation.
On May 24, 2022, police and prosecutors say that Koleske violated his bond by having contact with his girlfriend. This charge was dismissed.
Koleske is due back in court on May 26 at 9:15 am for a preliminary hearing.