Since 2019, Gov. Tony Evers’ Parole Commission has released hundreds of convicted criminals, freeing them early on parole mostly into Wisconsin communities, including more than 300 murderers and attempted murderers, and more than 47 child rapists.
Daniel Yost was one of them. His release was discretionary.
47th in the series.
A Portage police officer testified he heard Daniel Yost admit intentionally killing his wife.
“I put it between her eyes and pulled the trigger; I meant to do it,” the officer testified he heard Dan Yost say.
On May 2, 1990, Daniel Yost was convicted of one count of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of endangering another’s safety, according to Court records.
He received a life term. Killers with life sentences do not qualify for mandatory release. the parole was discretionary.
Evers’ Parole Commission Freed Daniel Yost Early
Date paroled: 10/13/2020 [You can look up Shannon Bailey’s parole here. Put his name in the database and click “movement.”]
Current Residence: Portage, WI
Convicted: First-degree intentional homicide
Sentence: Life Sentence
The Victim: Janice L. Yost, 28
What the Killer Did:
Daniel Yost was 33 at the time of the crime.
He murdered his wife, Janice L. Yost, 28.
He also held his brother Mark Lee Yost hostage, and he possessed a firearm as a felon, according to old newspaper articles from the time.
At one point during the standoff, Daniel Yost stepped out the front door with a revolver pointed at his brother’s head.
“Don’t scream and don’t holler; I just show your daughter Janice,” Janice’s father, Richard Hill, told the court that Dan Yost said, according to the old articles.
Richard Hill found his daughter “on a sofa with a bullet wound in the forehead.”
He told Yost, “How the hell can she be alive; you shot her between the eyes.”
Daniel Yost said he killed his wife because “she was ragging on me all the time,” according to the Portage Daily Register. He claimed it was an accident.