Felony assault, battery charges filed
A prisoner serving nine months for receiving stolen property is now accused of choking a Waupaca County deputy.
Deangelo L. Fonder, 21, Weyauwega, is charged with battery by a prisoner, felony strangulation, assault by a prisoner and prisoner expelling bodily fluids.
At 9:38 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, Waupaca County Sheriff’s Deputy Jon Czerwinski was helping two other officers escort four inmates from a disciplinary pod on the second floor to the third floor.
According to the criminal complaint, the deputies told Fonder to leave the day room and go into his cell while the prisoners were being moved.
“Fonder immediately started arguing that he was not going to lock down because we turned the phone off,” Czerwinski reported.
Deputies say that Fonder continued to refuse to return to his cell.
The deputies then entered the pod, one of them drew his electric stun gun, pointed it at Fonder and ordered him to go into his cell immediately.
Czerwinski reported that when he reached for Fonder’s shoulder to direct him into the cell, Fonder “grabbed my throat with both hands and began choking me.”
As Fonder was escorted to the ground and tazed, he grabbed Czerwinski’s ears and side of his head, scratched him and broke his glasses, the complaint says.
During the ongoing struggle to control Fonder, the officers report that he spit on one of them and made death threats against them and their families.
Eventually, the deputies shackled Fonder, placed his head in a spit hood, and secured him into a restraint chair.
As they wheeled the prisoner down the hall, “Fonder threatened us that we were going to be doing this everyday,” Czerwinski reported.
In February 2015, Fonder was involved in a fight with another inmate at Waupaca County jail, who was later taken to the hospital for treatment of abrasions on his back and bite marks on his shoulder.
Fonder’s initial felony charge of battery by prisoner was amended to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and he was sentenced to 90 days in jail on June 3, 2015.
He was sentenced to an additional 90 days on June 3, 2015, for a disorderly conduct as an act of domestic abuse incident in January 2015.
On Dec. 28, 2016, Fonder was arrested and later charged with nine counts of theft, three counts of burglary, one count of misappropriation of ID and one count of credit card theft.
At the time of Fonder’s arrest, Deputy Pete Kraeger reported that Fonder became verbally aggressive and “said he was not going to cooperate and as I escorted him down the stairs, he stated he was going to throw himself down the stairs and I was going to come with him.”
After Fonder was placed in the back of a squad car, Kraeger reported that he began to bang his head against the squad car’s screen, kick the door and spit on the camera.
He was also charged with two counts of threatening an officer and one count of resisting an officer.
On March 9, 2017, Fonder was convicted of three misdemeanor counts of receiving stolen property. The other 13 counts were dismissed but read into the court record. Judge Raymond Huber placed Fonder on two years of probation.
On March 17, Fonder was charged with aggravated battery.
On May 22, Huber revoked Fonder’s probation for the stolen property convictions and sentenced him to nine months in jail with work-release privileges.
That same day, Huber placed Fonder on three years of probation after convicting him of aggravated battery.
On June 19, Judge Vicki Clussman set a $10,000 cash bond as a condition of his release from custody and ordered Fonder not to engage in violent contact with anyone at the jail.