This is a sad, but true story, the facts of which I've received second hand, but from a very reliable source. I've changed the victim's name, but all others are real.
Last year, a young woman named Lori was delivering food to an address in Racine. She had done his countless times before, but this was a first to this address. She always used her personal car, a small, standard shift vehicle that she bought from the guy who related this to me.
She knocked on the door, and Jeremy Frison, no stranger to our injustice system, answered the door. He said that he had to go get the money and stepped back into the doorway. Lori stepped just inside the door and leaned over to shoo his cats back into the house. Thats when Jeremy struck.
Jeremy pounced on her, began beating her, and dragged her into the house. For the next 10 minutes, a fierce life and death battle took place between him and Lori. Finally beaten into unconsiousness, Jeremy dragged her down the basement stairs and tied her up.
Jeremy then went back upstairs and proceeded outside to her car. We can only speculate that he intended to ditch the car somewhere, then return to do only God knows what.
Meanwhile, Lori awakens down in basement. Jeremy being no Boy Scout, she was able to untie herself and make it back outside. When she pulled open the door to her car, Jeremy was shocked to see her. So shocked that he ran off.
Lori was able to get to a gas station and call the Racine PD. It wasn't long before they found Jeremy roaming the neighborhood in a blood soaked shirt. He had in his possession Lori's work keys and her cell phone. DNA test would later confirm her blood on his shirt. The RPD also confirmed that the seond cell phone in his possession was the one that called in the food order.
Fast forward to today. After more than a year of delays, motions, and more delays, most of the more serious charges were dropped. At his allocution, his lawyer described how Jeremy was trying to turn his life around, blah, blah, blah, blah.
So, even though he was originally charged with:
943.32(1)(a) Robbery with Use of Force (Felony E)
940.30 False Imprisonment (Felony H)
961.41(3g)(e) Possession of THC (2nd+ Offense) (Felony I)
940.19(5) Aggravated Battery-Intend GreatBod. Harm (Felony E)
940.19(1) Battery (Misd. A)
All he did was plead to one charge. So what happened? Our brilliant Judge Allan B. Torhorst sentenced him to 5 years imprisonment plus 10 years probation.
My friend tells me that young Lori is of strong character. She actually called him a few days after the incident to thank him. He was incredulous. "What are you thanking me for?" was the question he posed to Lori. She explained that he had sold her the car and taught her how to drive with a stick shift. It seems Jeremy didn't know how to do that. Thats why he was in the car so long. Long enough for her to get out.
God does work in mysterious ways.