Complaint: Man sent picture of him choking cat as threat to witness

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Jonah Beleckis
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

ELKHORN—A Delavan man charged with burglary is accused of intimidating a witness after prosecutors say he sent a threatening cellphone picture to a woman charged in the same incident, according to a criminal complaint.

Jimmy D. Conrad, 31, of N6546 Forest Place, sent Christine Brandemuehl, 49, a cellphone picture of his hand choking her cat, according to the complaint filed in Walworth County Court.

Brandemuehl said she interpreted the message, “Like this is what's gonna happen to you," the complaint states.

Conrad was released on bond April 11 and sent the threatening message April 13, according to the complaint. One of the conditions of his bond was no contact with Brandemuehl.

Conrad is charged with burglary and obstructing an officer in connection with a March 30 incident. According to that criminal complaint, prosecutors say he broke into a town of Sugar Creek building, stole copper piping from an air conditioner unit and fled from a Walworth County sheriff's deputy.

Brandemuehl faces a party to burglary charge because police reported finding her in a car near the building.

Brandemuehl said April 13 she was texting with Conrad's girlfriend about the girlfriend getting property from Brandemuehl, according to the complaint. Although she said she was not home, she told police the girlfriend and others showed up at her home anyway, which is when she received the threatening cellphone photo.

After listening to jail calls between Conrad and his girlfriend, deputies reported hearing Conrad making statements about Brandemuehl telling deputies about his role in the burglary, according to the complaint. In the conversations, Conrad used profanity and veiled threats.

Conrad is also charged with felony bail jumping.

Brandemuehl faces separate methamphetamine possession charges from last fall. She pleaded not guilty Jan. 13 to buying ingredients used in making meth for an Elkhorn man, Bryan Tidwell, who was convicted of making the drug.

Brandemuehl's case is ongoing. She is scheduled to appear in court on the meth charges and the burglary charge at 1:15 p.m. June 23.

Conrad is scheduled for a June jury trial on the burglary and obstructing an officer charges and for a final pretrial at 2:30 p.m. June 8. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the intimidation charge at 2:30 p.m. May 26.

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