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Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 18:32

Grafton man threatened to shoot his wife and then shoot himself; faces charges

A 31-year-old Grafton man has been charged with possession of a firearm by a felon after a sheriff’s deputy found a sniper-style rifle with a night scope and three handguns in his vehicle.
    The company car, owned by Emergency Fire and Water Restoration, was searched after he threatened to shoot his wife and then himself on Aug. 22 — a day after he was sentenced in conjunction with a May 13 domestic abuse incident.
    In addition to the felony, the man was also charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, domestic abuse.
    On Friday, Sept. 1, the man, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, waived his preliminary hearing before Ozaukee Circuit County Judge Paul Malloy and was bound over for trial.
    Ozaukee Press is not identifying the man in order to protect the identity of his wife and children.
    According to the criminal complaint, the man’s wife said she was lying in bed using her cell phone when her husband came into the room “with hatred in his eyes,” although he remained calm. The man was angry with her because of the previous conviction and blamed her for “ruining his life,” she told deputies.
    The man ripped the sheets off the bed, took her cell phone from her and lifted the mattress, causing her to fall on the floor, the complaint states. He then told her he was going to “shoot her in the head” and then “blow his own head off.”
    When the woman asked how he could do that since they have three young children, her husband told her he didn’t care anymore, according to the complaint.
    The woman managed to get her daughter’s cell phone and hide in the basement to call 911 as she heard her husband looking for her, according to the complaint.
    The woman said her husband regularly carried a handgun in his waistband, the complaint states, adding that if it wasn’t there, it would be in his work vehicle or with a friend.
    She also told law enforcement officials that her husband had recently started using illegal steroids and would go into “fits of rage,” according to the complaint.
    After the man was arrested, the man’s friend told police he did not have the gun and it was probably in the vehicle, the complaint states.
    Deputies contacted the man’s employer, who told them he was the only person with access to the vehicle and that weapons are not allowed or carried for work.
    After receiving a search warrant for the vehicle, a deputy found a sniper-styled rifle equipped with a night scope, bipod and multiple boxes of ammunition, the complaint states. Two loaded handguns were found in the rifle case, and a third handgun in the vehicle’s center console.
    On Aug. 21, the man was sentenced to 60 days in jail, which was stayed, and 18 months probation after a jury found him guilty of disorderly conduct, domestic abuse in connection with an earlier incident. The jury found him not guilty of two other misdemeanors — battery, domestic abuse, and disorderly conduct, domestic abuse, use of a dangerous weapon.
    The complaint states that the man was convicted in December 2003 of felony burglary in Washington County, as well as felony bail jumping and misdemeanor unlawful phone use, threatening with obscenity, in 2003 and felony criminal damage to property in 2004, both in Washington County.
    If convicted of possession of a firearm by a felon, the man faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison, five years extended supervision and a $25,000 fine.
   

 
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