Wisconsin man pleads guilty to making threat against county official

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A man from Wisconsin Charged in federal court with making threats against Governor Tony Evers and others, he has pleaded guilty to threatening a county official under an agreement with prosecutors.

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Thursday that Michael A. Wicker of Windsor, Wisconsin, agreed to a plea bargain on Wednesday.

Yacker, 52, pleaded guilty to leaving a threatening voicemail message in May to then-Dane County Highway Commissioner Gerald Mandley.

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In November, Wicker was charged in US District Court with threatening Evers via email and Facebook messages in October while Yacker was in Kansas.

In March, federal prosecutors charged Yacker with making additional threats against Mandley, Dane County Sheriff Calvin Barrett, Madison Police Detective Greg Esser, CEO Joe Parisi, and the Dane County Council.

Michael A.  Yacker, above, pleaded guilty to threatening a county official under an agreement with prosecutors.  Yacker also allegedly threatened Governor Tony Evers and other officials.

Michael A. Yacker, above, pleaded guilty to threatening a county official under an agreement with prosecutors. Yacker also allegedly threatened Governor Tony Evers and other officials. (Dane County Sheriffs Department/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

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As part of the plea agreement, seven of the eight counts were dismissed, including charges related to threats against the governor, but Yacker agreed that he committed the acts described in those counts.

Court documents say Yacker, an ax maker and woodworker, began a long-running dispute with Dane County after he was denied an attempt to build a shelter in the park, and was known to often carry an ax with him.

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As part of the plea agreement, U.S. Attorney Tim O’Shea and Yacker’s attorney, federal defender Joseph Pugny, agreed to recommend a sentence of one year and a day in prison for Wicker, followed by three years of supervised release. However, U.S. District Judge James Peterson could sentence Yacker to up to five years in prison, which is the maximum. according to the lawin a session set for June 22.

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