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Woman who threatened to kill two county judges loses appeal

In a decision released Tuesday, Wisconsin's District III Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of a Pierce County woman who threatened to shoot two county judges.

In her appeal, Tally Ann Rowan, now 36, claimed she hadn't knowingly and voluntarily waived her right to counsel during the November 2009 trial.

In that trial, a Pierce County jury found her guilty of threatening bodily harm to Pierce County Judge Robert Wing and Buffalo County Judge James Duvall.

In February 2010, La Crosse County Judge Ramona Gonzalez sentenced Rowan--who was already serving a prison sentence for battery to law enforcement officers--to two more years in prison and one year of extended supervision.

Online court records indicate she is still an inmate at Taycheedah Correctional Institution.

According to a criminal complaint, two women who shared a cell block in the Pierce County Jail with Rowan reported that, between April 25 and May 4, 2009, she threatened to shoot both Judge Wing and Judge Duvall.

Wing presided over the early hearings in another case against Rowan, and when she requested a substitution of judge, Duvall was assigned.

For more please read the Oct. 5 print version of the Herald.

Judy Wiff

Judy Wiff has been regional editor for RiverTown’s Wisconsin newspapers since 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from UW-River Falls. She has worked as a reporter for several weekly newspapers in Wisconsin.

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