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Why, Gov. Evers? Parole Board has freed 270 killers

Empower Wisconsin | Sept. 19, 2022

Following reports that the Evers administration’s Parole Board has released hundreds of violent criminals since 2019, Racine County Board Supervisor Taylor Wishau has sent a letter to Gov. Tony Evers asking a simple question: Why?

Here is that letter:

Governor Evers,

My name is Taylor Wishau, and I am a Racine County Supervisor within Western Racine County. I write you today on behalf of my community and constituency due to the shocking news reports of your administration paroling Wilson Lee Brook and Mark Ketterhagen in 2019. It is also reprehensible to me that your administration failed to follow Wisconsin law (WI Statute 304.06 – Paroles from State Prisons and House of Correction) by failing to notify the victims’ families of the release of these two men.

To provide background, the now deceased Wilson Lee Brook murdered Burlington Police Sgt. Anthony Eilers by slugging him with a heavy object, beating him about the face, and then ultimately shooting the officer five times via the head and chest. It’s disturbing to know that this man was granted parole once before yet then went on to commit another burglary and escaped from prison just to flee to another state only to be caught due to America’s Most Wanted. (Lee died last year). My constituents and I demand answers as to why all of this was overlooked by your administration.

Mark Ketterhagen is the second individual your administration paroled in 2019 for the murder of a 16-year-old and pregnant Cathy Ziebell and her unborn baby. He shot her four times and then tossed her body into the Fox River. Her brother Raymond Ziebell (my former 5th-grade teacher) had to identify the body. My constituents and I demand answers as to why all of this was overlooked by your administration.

It is reprehensible that your administration failed to follow State Law and make any reasonable attempts to notify the victims’ families of the violent offender’s release back into our society. It is unfathomable that your admiration would parole over 884 convicted criminals of which 270 are murderers or attempted murderers and 44 are child rapists. How can I and my constituents trust you or your administration to follow Wisconsin Law and ensure our communities remain safe? I have zero faith in your ability Governor to ensure our communities across Wisconsin will remain safe from these individuals.

These families deserve answers, our communities deserve answers. Will you personally provide a response on this?

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