Sunday State News Briefs: Peterson to face homicide charges after victim dies
MADISON - Prosecutors had delayed filing charges against 18 year old Koalton Peterson because they anticipated a change in his victim’s condition. They were right.
Twenty year old Ryan M. Smith died yesterday morning at UW Hospital. Now, the tentative attempted first-degree intentional homicide charges will likely be upgraded at a court hearing next Tuesday. Peterson had beaten Smith with a baseball bat, fracturing his skull and inflicting lung injuries. Peterson called it a case of self-defense. The two started arguing over a drug deal last week in Mount Horeb.
The total time behind bars has been significantly reduced for an 18 year old man from Sawyer County. Austin Davis was originally given 25 years in prison for his role in the brutal murder of 93 year old Irena Roszak of Radisson. The judge changed his sentence to eight years last Friday, giving him credit for three years already served. Davis has pleaded guilty, but his attorney had requested a new pre-sentence investigation after inaccuracies were found in the first check. Thirty year old Christopher Roalson faces a mandatory life sentence when he goes before the judge next March. A jury found him guilty of first degree intentional homicide in the crime.
A trial date for a former president of Big Brothers Big Sisters in southeastern Wisconsin has had his trial date set for April 22nd. Fifty-one year old Rodney J. Meiller of Elkhorn faces three felony charges of child sexual abuse. Meiller made a court appearance in Walworth County last Friday. The boys involved are said to be 11 and 14 years old. Investigators say the alleged assaults took place in the Lake Geneva YMCA. Meiller was the president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rock, Walworth and Jefferson, but that organization and the YMCA have cut ties with him.