Inmate charged with battery
An inmate is accused of beating another inmate. Both entered, then withdrew insanity pleas in other cases.
Wesley W. Caswell, 41, Clintonville, was charged with felony battery by a prisoner.
On Aug. 29, Waupaca County Corrections Officer Maria Kurylo reported she saw Caswell beating another inmate, Fred Holbach, 41, Iola.
According to the criminal complaint, Kurylo reviewed security video from the cell pod and observed Caswell approach Holbach without provocation and begin punching and stomping him repeatedly. Holbach never attempted to fight back.
On July 5, 2016, Caswell was charged with substantial battery, felony strangulation and disorderly conduct as acts of domestic abuse. He was also charged with three counts of felony bail jumping due to prior arrests.
Caswell was accused of breaking his girlfriend’s ribs and choking her.
Former Judge Philip Kirk ordered a a $5,000 cash bond and Caswell has remained in custody since July 2016.
At Caswell’s arraignment on Sept. 29, 2016, Judge Raymond Huber ordered a mental competency exam by the county Department of Health Services.
On Nov. 15, 2016, Huber found Caswell competent to proceed with the case. Caswell pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease.
On July 11, 2017, Caswell withdrew his not guilty by reason of insanity plea. Caswell is now scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 7.
Holbach was charged with battery to an officer, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct on July 19, 2016.
He was accused of fighting with a Waupaca County detective who had accompanied two social workers to Holbach’s home regarding a child welfare issue.
Judge Vicki Clussman ordered a competency examination and set a $5,000 cash bond as a condition of Holbach’s release.
On Sept. 3, 2016, Clussman found Holbach was not competent, but said competency could be restored. She ordered that he be committed.
After a review of a psychologist’s report, Clussman found on Nov. 3 that Holbach was competent enough to move forward with the case.
Holbach then entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity and another examination was ordered.
On Nov. 21, 2016, Holbach posted the $5,000 cash bond and was released.
On June 2, 2017, Holbach was charged with possession of marijuana and felony bail jumping. Clussman set a $5,000 cash bond, and Holbach remained in custody.
On June 22, Huber amended the bond to $1,000 cash, which Holbach posted on July 3.
On Aug. 1, Holbach was charged with possession of marijuana and felony bail jumping. He remained in custody on a $2,500 cash bond.
On Aug. 28, Holbach pleaded no contest to two counts of felony bail jumping and one count of battery to an officer.
Huber deferred sentencing on the battery to an officer charge with the condition that Holbach not commit any more crimes for two years.
Holbach was scheduled for release from jail at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31.