Woman accused of threatening judge due in court
OZAUKEE CO. (WITI) — 48-year-old Shelly Froelich of West Allis is due in court on Friday afternoon, January 25th for her preliminary hearing. She’s accused of threatening an Ozaukee County judge.
On January 16th at 2:20 a.m., the phone rang at the Ozaukee County Jail and a deputy answered it.
“It appeared to be a mother of an inmate and she was concerned about the treatment of her son,” Lt. Rod Galbraith with the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office said.
According to the criminal complaint in the case, the woman asked whether Judge Tom Wolfgram was available. After being told the judge was not in, the woman replied: “Good, tell him I have a hit on him.”
Law enforcement officials took the threat so seriously, patrols were increased around Judge Wolfgram’s home.
Investigators were able to trace the call to a number listed to Froehlich.
The criminal complaint indicates Froehlich’s son is an inmate at the Ozaukee County Jail. When asked about the call, her son said: “She has made these types of calls in the past when he was incarcerated previously.”
Officials also questioned Froehlich’s husband, who told police he heard his wife talking on the phone and that she is “always calling the jail and making threats.”
If convicted of the charge, Froelich faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.