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Appeals Court Upholds Felony Murder Conviction Of Man Who Shot DOJ-DCI Agent


Anthony Bolden Was Convicted in 2006 in the Slaying of Special Agent John "Jay" Balchunas


MADISON - The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has affirmed the February 2006 Milwaukee County convictions of Anthony Bolden for felony murder, two armed robberies and one attempted armed robbery. Bolden's felony murder conviction stemmed from the October 29, 2004, slaying of Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) - Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Special Agent John "Jay" Balchunas.


Dionny Reynolds was also convicted of the murder, but his conviction was not a part of this appeal. Bolden had argued in the Court of Appeals that the robbery charges were improperly joined with the felony murder charge for a single trial. The Court of Appeals agreed with the state that the trial court correctly joined the charges.


"I am pleased the Court of Appeals accepted our arguments," Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. "Agent Balchunas was committed to protecting the people of Wisconsin and lost his life in that effort. In turn, we are committed to protecting those who risk their lives for our communities."


Balchunas served as a police officer with the Milwaukee Police Department, from 1992 to 1999. He was hired by DOJ in October of 1999 and appointed to DCI's Milwaukee Regional Office, where he worked as an undercover officer. He was shot while on duty during a robbery attempt by the defendants.


A copy of the decision can be found by clicking here.


If Bolden wishes to petition the state Supreme Court to review the Court of Appeals decision he must do so within 30 days, but the Supreme Court is not required to grant a review. The State was represented on appeal by Assistant Attorney General Juan Colas of the DOJ Criminal Appeals Unit