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Man gets probation in public panic, fear charge

November 26, 2019 by Abigail Bostwick

The 37-year-old Lac du Flambeau man alleged of making death threats through social media apps against his family this past summer will serve probation.

William Krause, Jr., represented by attorney Daniel Francis Snyder, was in Vilas County Circuit Court on Wednesday, Nov. 20, where he pled no contest to felony battery/threat to judge/law enforcement, terrorist threats/public panic or fear and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Judge Neal Nielsen found Krause guilty and entered a deferred entry judgement, withholding the sentence and ordering 24 months probation. 

Dismissed on the state prosecution’s motion were charges of possessing controlled substance, THC and drug paraphernalia.

Krause’s family phoned Lac du Flambeau Tribal Police after issues arose before a family funeral where they suspected Krause might cause problems. They provided evidence of Krause sending threats to them indicating a shooting or violence via Facebook and Snapchat, based on court records.

As part of Krause’s probation, he must continue psychological, alcohol and drug counseling and any other treatment deemed necessary by his probation agent, not possess firearms or consume intoxicants, avoid taverns and pay several hundred in court costs.

Krause’s signature bond was set at $2,000.

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