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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that Adam David Kane, formerly a Waukesha County resident, made his initial appearance in Waukesha County Circuit Court yesterday on one count of felony threat to cause bodily harm to a judge and two misdemeanor counts of unlawful use of a computerized communication system.
The Honorable Martin Binn, a Court Commissioner for the Waukesha County Circuit Court, set bond at $25,000 cash and ordered the defendant as a condition of bond not to have contact with the victims identified in the complaint. The matter was adjourned for a preliminary examination to be scheduled at a later date.
The maximum penalty for a charge of a threat to cause bodily harm to a judge is a term of imprisonment for not more than six years or a fine of not more than $10,000, or both. The maximum penalty for a charge of unlawful use of a computerized communication system is a term of imprisonment for not more than ninety days or a fine of not more than $1,000, or both.
According to the complaint, in May 2012, Kane sent several e-mails to various public officials that included specific threats to certain public officials in Waukesha County, including a court commissioner.
A criminal complaint is a document accusing a person of a violation of criminal law. A defendant enjoys a presumption of innocence. The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice - Division of Criminal Investigation investigated the case with assistance from the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin Capitol Police and Montana State Police. Assistant Attorney General Donald V. Latorraca is representing the State as a special prosecutor for Waukesha County.
A copy of the criminal complaint is available at the following link: