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MENOMONIE - On August 19, 2008, Dunn County Circuit Court Judge Rod Smeltzer sentenced Green Bay Correctional Institution inmate Bobby Salas to two 4 year terms of imprisonment for making threats to a judge and a witness in a prior case, State of Wisconsin v. Bobby D. Salas, Dunn County Case No. 06-CF-189.
Salas was convicted of one count of Threat to Cause Bodily Harm to a Judge and one count of Threat to Cause Bodily Harm to a Witness. On March 18, 2005, Salas wrote to an attorney handling an unrelated case that he would kill Pierce County Judge Robert Wing and former River Falls Police Investigator Dennis Krueziger for their involvement in a Pierce County case that resulted in an 18 year prison term. Salas was convicted on his plea on December 11, 2007.
The 4 year sentences in this case include a term of initial confinement of 1 year, to be served consecutively to his current prison sentence, followed by 3 years of Extended Supervision, on Count 1; and a term of initial confinement of 1 year, and 3 years extended Supervision, on Count 2. The sentence in Count 2 was also made consecutive to his current prison term, but concurrent to Count 1.
"Threats to judges and witnesses are not only against individuals, they are attacks on the criminal justice system," Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said. "Attorneys at my office will continue to work with law enforcement and state prosecutors to ensure these attacks do not go unpunished."
Assistant Attorney General Gary A. Freyberg, acting as special prosecutor for Dunn County, prosecuted the case for the state.