Three people have been sentenced to federal prison on second-degree murder charges in the death of a 39-year-old Winnebago man.
The United States Attorney’s Office reports 20-year-old Jeremiah Wolfe and 22-year-old Lawrencia Merrick have been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison. Jeremiah’s mother, 39-year-old Natasha Wolfe, has been sentenced to 14 years for conspiracy to commit second-degree murder.
All will serve five years of supervised release after serving their prison terms.
Federal prosecutors say the three were sitting in a sport utility vehicle in the parking lot of the Ho Chuck Incorporated building on the Winnebago Indian Reservation in the early morning hours of April 23rd last year, accessing the free wi-fi through their cell phones.
William Redhorn was outside the building, looking for cigarettes, around 5 o’clock that morning when the three began talking to him. The three got out of the SUV and assaulted Redhorn. Redhorn tried to escape, but Jeremiah Wolfe caught him, and he and Merrick began beating Redhorn. Natasha Wolfe hit Redhorn in the head three times with a flashlight.
Authorities report that while Natasha Wolfe knew who Redhorn was, none of the three had any kind of relationship with him.
The three left his lifeless body, which was discovered several hours later by a local resident on the way to church.