Following a two-day trial, a Sawyer County jury on July 11 found a Radisson man, 46-year-old Jerry Wayne True, guilty of four felony counts of threatening bodily harm to Judge John Yackel, District Attorney Bruce Poquette, Assistant District Attorney Aaron Marcoux and their families in a letter he sent to an acquaintance from the Sawyer County Jail on Nov. 7, 2017.
In the letter he sent, True also threatened to “blow up the courthouse and jail.”
The charges against True were prosecuted by Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General Robert J. Kaiser Jr. The presiding trial judge is Bayfield County Circuit Judge John P. Anderson.,
True remains incarcerated until he is sentenced on Aug. 14.
True could be sentenced to a maximum six years in prison and fined $10,000 or both on each of the felony charges. Also, because True was convicted on Oct. 11, 2016, of a felony sex offender registry violation, he could receive an additional four years in prison on each charge.
In the letter he sent on Nov. 7, 2017, True threatened to “hunt down” the judge and prosecutors and two other individuals and stated “They ruined my life I’m taking theirs.”
According to True’s probation agent, in July 2017 True violated probation by exchanging messages with a Facebook group of single women, in which he used racial slurs, told one mother to kill herself, told another he would make her into “bar-b-que and stew” and that he had no problem killing people because he “doesn’t care.”