Written by BILL SCHANEN IV
Wednesday, 23 January 2013 19:55
Woman accused of saying she ordered ‘a hit’ because of son’s sentence
A 48-year-old woman has been charged with threatening an Ozaukee County judge for allegedly saying she put “a hit” on him because of the sentence he imposed on her son.
Shelly A. Froelich of West Allis faces one count of battery or threat to a judge, a felony punishable by a maximum three years in prison and three years extended supervision.
She’s also charged with one misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a telephone-threatening harm.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Ozaukee County Circuit Court, a woman called the county jail on Jan. 16 and asked to speak to Circuit Judge Tom Wolfgram.
When the deputy who answered the call told her the judge was out of the office but would be in the next day, the woman said, “Good, tell him I have a hit on him,” the complaint states.
The caller went on to say she was upset by Wolfgram’s treatment of inmates, particularly her son, then hung up, according to the complaint.
Because of the threat, special police patrols were assigned to watch Wolfgram’s home.
Authorities traced the call to Froelich, whose son, Jason Twieg, is a jail inmate.
A detective went to Froelich’s home and was invited in by her husband. Although Froelich denied making the threatening phone call, her husband told the detective he heard his wife talking on the telephone at the time the call to the jail was made and said she has called the jail and made threats before, the complaint states.
On Jan. 27, 2011, Twieg, a former Belgium resident, was sentenced by Wolfgram to one year in prison and one year in the county jail for violating restraining orders on multiple occasions, according to court records.
Ozaukee County Circuit Judge Paul Malloy set Froelich’s bail at $1,000 during a Jan. 17 hearing and ordered her not to have contact with Wolfgram or his home.
Froelich’s case has been assigned to a Waukesha County judge.