space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* WIAA Announces Fall Sportsmanship Recipients
* DNR Puts Aside Proposal to Stock Big Green Lake with Atlantic Salmon
* Crivitz Players Top Scorers in Hoops Club
* Coleman Wrestlers Take Care Of Esky; Wolverines Also Notch Win
* Lake Michigan Yellow Perch Comments Chart Next Steps

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space

Heyer Changes Plea in Murder

Life as a free man effectively ended on Friday, April 26 for 55-year-old former Wausaukee resident Richard B. Heyer, at least for the next two decades. In an appearance before Judge David Miron in Marinette County Circuit Court Branch 1, Heyer pled no contest to a first degree murder charge in the shooting death of his former sweetheart, Ann Schueller, at a Wausaukee service station last August.

Sentencing is set for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2. Minimum penalty is 20 years in prison without possibility of parole before that time, and the charges could bring a maximum of life in prison without parole. A pre-sentence hearing is scheduled for Friday, June 14. There will be no trial, but defense and prosecuting attorneys can argue during sentencing proceedings. A pre-sentence investigation has been ordered.

On Sunday, Aug. 26, in front of horrified witnesses and a surveillance camera in downtown Wausaukee’s Citgo Convenience Store, Heyer shot his former girl friend to death and then turned the rifle on himself, but the shot that went to his chest was not fatal. He spent 10 days in a Green Bay hospital and then was released to Marinette County jail, where he has been held since in lieu of $750,000 bond.

Heyer initially had entered pleas of innocent by reason of mental disease or defect to all the counts against him. In court on Friday, Heyer said he was still on prescription medication obtained through the Department of Health and Human Services for treatment of mental issues. However, a court-ordered psychiatric examination has determined he is not insane and was fit for trial.

In addition to the no contest plea on the first degree murder charge, Heyer pled no contest on a secondary charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm while committing a crime. That offense could bring a fine of up to $25,000 and/or imprisonment for another 10 years. On motion of District Attorney Allen Brey, an “enhancer charge” of being in possession of a dangerous weapon while committing the offense was stricken, but will be read into the record for sentencing. That offense could add five years to the prison term.

Court records show that in 1993 Heyer had been convicted of felony manufacture of a controlled substance, marijuana.

Before accepting Heyer’s plea change, Judge Miron warned him “no contest” carries the same effect as “guilty”. By pleading no contest he would waive his Constitutional right to a trial and become subject to a minimum sentence that requires spending 20 years in prison before there is even a possibility of parole, up to a maximum sentence of life without parole. Heyer indicated he understood these things and would plead no contest anyway. Defense Attorney Jeffrey Jazgar of Green Bay concurred.

There were a total of eight people in the courtroom in addition to officers, reporters and court officials. Some of those present appeared to be family members of either Heyer or Schueller or both. Heyer has two children, a son and a daughter, and Schueller had three children, two sons and a daughter. All are in their 20s and 30s.

Brey said after court adjourned that he is pleased that both families will be spared the trauma of a long trial. He said the agreement to change Heyer’s plea was finalized about 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoon in his office and the court proceeding on Friday was promptly scheduled. The only concession by the District Attorney was that the enhancer provision adding five years to the sentence would be dropped.

“I think Mr. Heyer did the right thing,” Brey said after adjournment. “The evidence was overwhelming... Witnesses saw the whole thing, and the surveillance cameras recorded it... The doctors who examined Heyer said he was not insane.... I’m happy for her children. This can come to an end. The trauma of preparing for a trial was difficult for them.”

He said the entire thing had been extremely difficult for both families. “The children, though grown, all knew each other. His family is not happy with him. Although the two were never married, this was a domestic homicide.”

Brey described watching the shooting video as “a chilling experience.” He said Heyer leaned over the counter and shot Schueller through the back as she lay on the floor behind it. The shot went right through her heart, Brey said. “It was as instantaneous a death as you could have.” The shot to his own chest missed Heyer’s lungs and other organs and he survived. He said because Heyer is a tall man it was possible for him to point the 40-inch gun at himself.

Heyer appeared in court Friday wearing handcuffs and his orange Marinette County Jail uniform. He appeared calm and well groomed, and answered all questions quietly but without hesitation.

Judge Miron said he had just been informed the previous day that a plea agreement had been reached. He reminded everyone that regardless of any plea agreements, the judge remains free to impose whatever sentence he feels is appropriate between the maximum and minimum legal limits.

Jazgar said he believes there were sufficient facts that his client would be found guilty. Brey said the prosecution was relying on facts presented at previous hearings in the case, and recited a timetable of actions preceding the murder.

In 2008 Heyer and Schueller each divorced their spouses and eventually they got together. On June 1, 2013, Schueller moved out of the home she shared with Heyer and in with friends. During their divorce proceedings, Heyer and his ex-wife had argued over who would have custody of the dog. He won. In mid-August, he called the ex-wife to tell her she could have the dog, but he would need a little time to say goodbye. He also repaid some money he had borrowed five years earlier, a week before the divorce, and called one of his kids to tell him “a convoluted story” that he needed to come and take care of the livestock.

At 1:30 p.m. on Sunday Heyer calls his ex-wife to tell her to get the dog, Brey went on. At 1:45 p.m., she does that, but he is not at home. He is at the Piggly Wiggly in Crivitz, buying shells for his gun. At 2 p.m. Schueller arrives for work at the Citgo Station. At 2:15 p.m. Mike Prohaska arrived at work. Heyer was outside. At 2:30 p.m. Heyer called his ex-wife to make sure she had picked up the dog, and was assured she had. At 2:37 p.m. Heyer shot and killed Schueller in front of Prohaska, Jan Krueger and the surveillance cameras. He then turned the rifle on himself and pulled the trigger. He was wounded, but he survived.

Miron too said he found a factual basis for the plea and that the defendant is in fact guilty. He dismissed the enhancer count in accord with the plea agreement and found Heyer guilty on the other charges. All that remains now is the sentencing.

Brey asked that Heyer’s bail be revoked, and Jazgar did not object, since he had not been able to raise it anyway. Heyer was returned to jail to await sentencing.




Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
12-17-2014Sports
WIAA Announces Fall Sportsmanship Recipients

12-17-2014Sports
DNR Puts Aside Proposal to Stock Big Green Lake with Atlantic Salmon

12-17-2014Sports
Crivitz Players Top Scorers in Hoops Club

12-17-2014Sports
Coleman Wrestlers Take Care Of Esky; Wolverines Also Notch Win

12-17-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

12-17-2014Perspectives
From our readers

12-17-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

12-17-2014Obituaries
Josephine V. Truel

12-17-2014Obituaries
Lois G. Sielaff

12-17-2014Obituaries
William J. Shelton

12-17-2014Obituaries
John D. Maye

12-17-2014Obituaries
Arbutus A. Lowry Lutri

12-17-2014Obituaries
Cecil E. Kuhnle

12-17-2014Obituaries
Judith Francour

12-17-2014Obituaries
Charles B. Drewry Jr.

12-17-2014Obituaries
Milton E. Dettman

12-17-2014Obituaries
Paul B. Sutek

12-17-2014Obituaries
Jodine S. Stone

12-17-2014Obituaries
Dr. Yulia Seledsova-Mamonov

12-17-2014Obituaries
Chase M. Polfus

12-17-2014Obituaries
Irene T. Miller

12-17-2014Obituaries
Ethel H. Brouette

12-17-2014Obituaries
Bernice F. Gronnert

12-17-2014Obituaries
Bonnie L. Gorshe

12-17-2014Obituaries
Mary Bradley

12-17-2014Obituaries
Clarence Bird

12-17-2014Obituaries
James E. Betzinger

12-17-2014Obituaries
Allan J. Belair

12-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Okays Ordinances, Tire Recycling Costs

12-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
T/Wausaukee Buys Voting Machine, Increase Wages

12-17-2014Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane Updated On Rescue Squad Contract

12-17-2014Community - Crivitz
Podiatrist at Assisted Living

12-17-2014Community - Crivitz
Crivitz VFW Auxiliary Unit Given Certificates of Awards

12-17-2014Community - Crivitz
200 Enjoy Village Sleigh Ride, Santa

12-17-2014Community - Crivitz
Christmas Gospel Jam is Dec. 19

12-17-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Lists Students of Month

12-17-2014Community - Coleman
CHS Financial Aid Meet Jan. 6

12-17-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Library January Events

12-17-2014Community - Coleman
Markiewicz Bank Branch Manager

12-17-2014News
Christmas Gospel Jam is Dec. 19

12-17-2014News
Area Graduates UW-M Dec. 14

12-17-2014News
Wausaukee Legion Party Dec. 21

12-17-2014Front Page
Over 100 Attend Chamber Christmas Tree Lighting Event

12-17-2014Front Page
Board Chair Sends 40-Week Petition Back To Committee

12-17-2014Front Page
Town Peshtigo OKs $1,000 A Year Raise For Fire Chief

12-17-2014Front Page
Propose New Type Of Littoral Combat Ship

12-17-2014Front Page
Riverside Cemetery To Choose Trustees, Set Rules In February

12-10-2014Sports
Lake Michigan Yellow Perch Comments Chart Next Steps

12-10-2014Sports
Bulldogs Fall To Blue Devils; Cougars On Top In Pulaski

12-10-2014Sports
Majewski, Klaver Power Bulldogs To Blowout Victory Over Suring

12-10-2014Sports
Crivitz Prevails Over Oconto

12-10-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

12-10-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

12-10-2014Obituaries
Harold Lawrence Wolff

12-10-2014Obituaries
Robert J. Vandenberg

12-10-2014Obituaries
Ralph J. Tiegs

12-10-2014Obituaries
Vivian R. Sturman

12-10-2014Obituaries
Ralph A. Schneider

12-10-2014Obituaries
Fay L. Schmidt

12-10-2014Obituaries
Allan Schmidt

12-10-2014Obituaries
Sybil I. Schaut

12-10-2014Obituaries
Mike H. Opolka

12-10-2014Obituaries
Scott L. Colson

12-10-2014Obituaries
Bruce L. Borgen

12-10-2014Obituaries
Robert J. Becker Sr.

12-10-2014Obituaries
Donald R. Anderson, M.D.

12-10-2014Obituaries
Dolores H. Schroeder

12-10-2014Obituaries
Carol M. Rickaby

12-10-2014Obituaries
Ronald Reinert

12-10-2014Obituaries
William R. Presl

12-10-2014Obituaries
Dorothy G. Palmer

12-10-2014Obituaries
Harold J. LaCosse

12-10-2014Obituaries
Gladys I. Krei

12-10-2014Obituaries
Donna R. Johnson

12-10-2014Obituaries
Dorothea Jaeger

12-10-2014Obituaries
Kazmiera Gromoske

12-10-2014Obituaries
Judith A. Fuchs

12-10-2014Community - Wausaukee
Legion Post/Unit 66 2014 Christmas Party

12-10-2014Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire Auxiliary Christmas Party

12-10-2014Community - Wausaukee
29 Children at Silver Cliff Christmas Party

12-10-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Fire Department Sportsmen Raffle Winners

12-10-2014Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Students Earn Students of Month Honors

12-10-2014Community - Crivitz
Christmas Gospel Jam is Dec. 1

12-10-2014Community - Crivitz
CAWC Auction Realizes $4500

12-10-2014Community - Crivitz
17 At Active Seniors Dinner

12-10-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board Dec. 15

12-10-2014Community - Coleman
7th Village of Pound Christmas Parade Dec. 13

12-10-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman School to Host Senior Citizens

12-10-2014Community - Coleman
Coleman Names Students of Month

12-10-2014News
Wausaukee Legion Party Dec. 21

12-10-2014News
Santa Letters Due Dec. 14

12-10-2014News
Suring Church Cookie Walk on Dec. 13

12-10-2014News
Lena Cookie Walk Dec. 15

12-10-2014Front Page
Marinette Musician in Concertina Hall of Fame

12-10-2014Front Page
County To Reap Savings In Health/Dental Insurance Costs

12-10-2014Front Page
State Aid Payment Puts Grover Back In Black

12-10-2014Front Page
County Forest Income Keeps Setting Records

12-10-2014Front Page
Disposing of Drugs Is Becoming A Problem

12-03-2014Sports
Preliminary Deer Harvest is 191,550, Down 8 Percent

12-03-2014Sports
Cougars Claim Two Victories In Bonduel

12-03-2014Sports
Wolosyn Goes Wild, Scores 19 As Badgers Beat Up On Wolverines

12-03-2014Sports
Bulldogs Kick Off Season With Solid Win Over Marines

12-03-2014Perspectives
From our readers

12-03-2014Perspectives
Tales from the old-timer

12-03-2014Perspectives
Country Cousin

12-03-2014Obituaries
Robert C White

12-03-2014Obituaries
Dale M. Vanderfin

12-03-2014Obituaries
Jerry A. Uecke

12-03-2014Obituaries
Lennice M. Swearingen

12-03-2014Obituaries
John Stiglitz

12-03-2014Obituaries
Mary E. Sodergren

12-03-2014Obituaries
Russell R. Schroeder

12-03-2014Obituaries
Edythe E. Sager

12-03-2014Obituaries
Joann M. Richardson

12-03-2014Obituaries
Arthur Plutchak

12-03-2014Obituaries
Margaret M. Patz

12-03-2014Obituaries
Raymond R. Olson

12-03-2014Obituaries
Thomas R. Mueller

12-03-2014Obituaries
Karl H. Missbach

12-03-2014Obituaries
Mary L. Miller

12-03-2014Obituaries
Francis J. McDougal

12-03-2014Obituaries
Nancy J. Makuen

12-03-2014Obituaries
Shirley A. Lisowe-Beaumia

12-03-2014Obituaries
Lew J. Jopek, Sr.

12-03-2014Obituaries
Myron D. Janik

12-03-2014Obituaries
Elizabeth Brown

12-03-2014Obituaries
Luella Swiatnicki

12-03-2014Obituaries
Lennice M. Swearingen

12-03-2014Obituaries
John Stiglitz

12-03-2014Obituaries
Mary E. Sodergren

12-03-2014Obituaries
Russell R. Schroeder

12-03-2014Obituaries
Alice C. Redfearn

12-03-2014Obituaries
Arthur Plutchak

12-03-2014Obituaries
Lawrence P. Ozechowski

12-03-2014Obituaries
Patsy L. Nuttall

12-03-2014Obituaries
Ronald E. Meyer

12-03-2014Obituaries
McCue Children

12-03-2014Obituaries
Arnold F. Marble

12-03-2014Obituaries
John C. Kobylarczyk

12-03-2014Obituaries
Nancy A. Kartheiser

12-03-2014Obituaries
Keith L. Kamps

12-03-2014Obituaries
Eunice M. Hollingsworth

12-03-2014Obituaries
Richard G. Hofer

12-03-2014Obituaries
Patricia L. Harper

12-03-2014Obituaries
Fannie M. Fillinger

12-03-2014Obituaries
Everett M. Edminster

12-03-2014Obituaries
Elizabeth J. Bahl

12-03-2014Obituaries
Glen W. Anderla

12-03-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Grade 5-8 Basketball Tournaments

12-03-2014Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive Dec. 8th


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Is Christmas too commercialized?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2014
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites