Man threatens police, sentenced to 4 years

Man threatens police, sentenced to 4 years

JUNEAU -- Michael Nelson, 34, of Beaver Dam, was sentenced by Dodge County Circuit Court Judge Brian Pfitzinger to four years in prison, in addition to the 13 months he has been in custody awaiting trial and sentencing for multiple charges.

Back in May, Nelson was found guilty by a Dodge County jury of threat to an officer, throwing or discharging bodily fluids on an officer, obstructing an officer, domestic disorderly conduct along with four counts of bail jumping. Nelson received an additional seven years of supervision to follow his prison sentence.

While on bond for a pending matter, Nelson had prohibited contact with his fiancee and assaulted her. Beaver Dam Police located Nelson when he returned to the apartment. While the officer was placing Nelson under arrest, Nelson became resistive and belligerent. While being placed in the squad car, Nelson spit in the officer's face. Following the spitting Nelson continued to be belligerent and made several threats to the arresting officer. Some of the threats included, stating that he would find the officer while off duty and assault him and that all of the officers are "going to get shot up."

Following sentencing, Dodge County District Attorney Kurt Klomberg said, "Police officers have a really hard job, where they put their lives on the line for the rest of us every day. Threats like those made by the defendant cause police officers concern for their safety and the safety of their families and that is why we seek to punish those who threaten police officers sternly. The officers involved in this incident acted with professionalism and great restraint despite the continuous abuse by the defendant."

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