Sentencing delayed for teen convicted in fatal stabbing

The 16-year-old Wausau boy convicted this March in the 2015 stabbing death of a 13-year-old fellow student at Horace Mann Middle School will wait until at least September to learn his sentence.

Dylan Yang was 15 when he stabbed Isaiah Powell during a February 2015 fight between rival groups of friends. Yang, who was charged and convicted as an adult, has been held in the Marathon County Jail since his arrest. The controversial case sparked a May 31 rally that drew hundreds of marchers, many protesting over Yang being tried in adult court.

At a hearing Wednesday, Eau Claire defense attorney Harry Hertel asked for the delay to have adequate time to review Yang’s case file and presentencing report. Jay Kronenwetter represented Yang until late April.

The presentencing report, filed in early June, is expected to delve into Yang’s history and the likelihood he’d commit another crime. Such reports, used by judges as a guide in sentencing, are sealed and visible only to the prosecutor, defense attorney and judge involved.

Judge LaMont Jacobson granted Hertel’s request, but did not yet set a new sentencing date. Yang faces a maximum of 60 years in adult prison.