State Appeals Court Rules Drug Sentence Should Be Revisited For Convicted Murderer

(Winnebago County) The Wisconsin Court of Appeals have ruled that a convicted murderer deserves a new hearing on his sentence for selling drugs to hire someone to kill a former district attorney. Mark Price is serving a life sentence for the 1989 kidnapping and murder of Michael Fitzgibbon. In 1994, the 62-year-old was charged with Drug Distribution and Solicitation of First Degree Intentional Homicide. He was going to use the proceeds from marijuana sales to pay someone else to kill former Winnebago County District Attorney Joe Paulus, who had prosecuted him. Price was sentenced to 14 years to be served consecutively with his other sentences. The solicitation charge was eventually changed to Threatening to Injure a Public Official and was dismissed altogether in 2007. Price argued the drug charge should have been addressed then, which he got nine years in prison for. The Appeals Court says he now has the right to ask the circuit court to modify that sentence. In 2004 Paulus was convicted of bribery, tax evasion, and other crimes in federal court for taking money to reduce or dismiss cases.