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Brecht Facing Escape Charge In Oneida County

A convicted murderer who allegedly walked away from the minimum-security McNaughton Correctional Center near Lake Tomahawk in October and was apprehended in Florida has been assigned an attorney.


54 year old Todd Brecht was convicted of first-degree murder in 1986 in Buffalo County after shooting his brother-in-law, Roger Hartman, in the back with a .22-caliber rifle during an argument. He was sentenced to life in prison but was eligible for parole next March. He had been assigned to work at the St. Germain Golf Club in Vilas county as part of a work-release program. He was reported missing October 1 and turned up four days later in Florida where he was arrested.

He is charged with felony Escape-Criminal Arrest.

In Oneida County Circuit Court, Public Defender John Voorhees said he was assigned to Brecht's case. Brecht waived a speedy preliminary hearing...

"....your Honor, when my attorney wants to get everything that he wants to get together, it's pretty much up to him in that respect, yes..."

Judge Michael Bloom continued a $50,000 cash bond. Brecht's next hearing is December 4.

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