32-year-old Sparta man faces seven charges after arrest in girlfriend’s death

32-year-old Shawn Hock had been convicted of domestic abuse before slaying

SPARTA, Wis. (WKBT) — A 32-year-old Sparta man was charged with homicide and other counts Monday in connection with his girlfriend’s slaying.

Shawn Hock appeared in court Monday before Monroe County Circuit Court Judge Mark Goodman, who set his bond at $500,000. Hock, who remains behind bars, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of disorderly conduct with a domestic abuse enhancer and two counts of aggravated battery with a domestic abuse enhancer.
The charges stem from the death of 32-year-old Sara Latimer, whose severely bruised body police found May 10 at 116 Jefferson Ave. in Sparta.
“Should he be convicted, the Legislature has mandated he shall be sentenced to life imprisonment,” Goodman said.
Hock also was charged with manufacturing and delivering methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia as a repeat offender.
A detective with the Sparta Police Department was aware of “previous calls for service related to Shawn Hock committing acts of physical domestic abuse” against Latimer, according to the criminal complaint.
On April 13, Hock was convicted of misdemeanor battery, domestic abuse and disorderly conduct for an incident from March 12, 2021.
The injuries on Latimer’s body at the time of her death were similar to those from the March 2021 incident, according to the complaint.
Monroe County District Attorney Kevin Croninger said Hock “severely beat and killed his significant other, Ms. Latimer, who had previously been the victim of abuse from Mr. Hock.”
“The likelihood of a long prison sentence should he be convicted is extremely high,” Croninger said.
Latimer’s death came one day after she posted on social media about breaking up with Hock.
Latimer also had contacted her mother on May 9, saying Hock had “split both” of her lips during an altercation, the complaint said.
A preliminary autopsy report said Latimer suffered a “central brainstem laceration/hemorrhage” and “multiple, extensive contusions over all extremities,” among almost a dozen other injuries.
Hock, who did not have an attorney in court Monday, is scheduled to appear again on July 8.
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