Drapes back in jail
A local convict was arrested one week after his release from prison.
Jerome Drapes, 64, was charged Jan. 26 in two separate cases with threatening a witness and with threatening and accusing an official of crime, felony bail jumping and disorderly conduct.
On June 16, 2016, Drapes was charged with making terrorist threats, misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct. Drapes was arrested on June 21, 2016, and remained in custody on a $2,500 cash bond.
According to the 2016 criminal complaint, Drapes threatened to blow up the Kwik Trip store on West Fulton Street in Waupaca. On July 26, 2016, Drapes appeared before Judge Raymond Huber and entered pleas of no contest to all three counts.
Huber placed Drapes on two years of probation for battery and disorderly conduct and authorized a deferred prosecution agreement on the felony count of making terrorist threats.
On Aug. 3, 2016, Drapes was charged with burglary, aggravated battery, theft and disorderly conduct for a July 28, 2016, incident.
A woman living in the town of Lind told investigators Drapes had stopped by her home and she demanded he leave.
The following day, she discovered her cellphone was missing and that Drapes had called her contacts on that phone.
Drapes allegedly entered the Lind woman’s home on July 28 and confronted her about messages he read on her cellphone. The woman said Drapes slapped her face several times before she was able to persuade him to leave.
After his arrest in August, Judge Vicki Clussman set a $5,000 cash bond as a condition of Drapes’ release.
While in Waupaca County jail in the late summer of 2016, Drapes allegedly offered to give a motor home to another inmate, Wesley Caswell, in exchange for Caswell killing Drapes’ ex-girlfriend.
According to the 2018 criminal complaint, Drapes gave Caswell information about where the woman lived, what truck she drove and where she would be living when she moved to Michigan. Caswell informed authorities about Drapes’ request.
Authorities recorded a phone call Drapes made from the jail to a woman on Sept. 26.
When he asked the woman to contact his ex-girlfriend and she declined, he reportedly said he was going to find a pair of vice grips and pull out the ex-girlfriend’s fingernails.
On April 5, 2017, Judge Philip Kirk revoked Drapes’ deferred prosecution agreement on the charge of making terrorist threats after a mental competency hearing. A pre-sentencing investigation was ordered.
On Aug. 7, 2017, Huber sentenced Drapes to 18 months in state prison with 408 days credit for the time Drapes had already spent in county jail. He also ordered two years of extended supervision.
On Dec. 12, 2017, Drapes was released from prison.
On Dec. 18, 2017, Drapes appeared in court on the 2016 burglary and battery charges involving the Lind woman. Huber set a $3,000 cash bond.
On Dec. 19, 2017, Drapes posted bond and was released from custody. He was required to report to the probation and parole office to discuss the terms of his extended supervision.
On Dec. 19, 2017, Waupaca Police Officer Bret Rodenz was dispatched to the probation and parole office.
Drapes allegedly made threatening comments to the staff and said he would like to put one of them into a cage and “show him a few things,” Rodenz reported.
At Drapes’ court appearance on Jan. 26, Judge Troy Nielsen ordered a $10,000 cash bond.