Terroristic threats suspect changes plea

Published 6:50 pm Saturday, June 16, 2012

A Racine man charged with one count of felony domestic assault and three counts of felony terroristic threats changed his plea in Mower County Court to guilty.

Ronald Richard Kohler, 42, pleaded guilty to one count of terroristic threats. The other charges were dismissed.

Mower County Sheriff’s deputies went to the 300 block of First Street in Racine on April 26 when they received a call that Ronald Richard Kohler, 42, was violent and making threats. Deputies found the victims in a car outside, went into the home and subdued Kohler at gun and taser point. According to the complaint, Kohler was very verbal but did not resist arrest. At one point, Kohler was seeking the teenage boy and said, “I’m going to kill you boy,” the complaint states.

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According to the victims, Kohler repeatedly made remarks about killing them and choked the boy until another one of the victims helped push Kohler away, the complaint states. The boy said he was not hurt, however.

The complaint states that Kohler was off of his medications and had roughly 14 beers that night. Kohler admitted to choking the boy and told deputies, “It’s my fault,” the complaint adds.

Kohler’s sentencing is set for Aug. 9.

 —Amanda Lillie and Trey Mewes contributed to these reports.