PHILLIPS, WI (WTAQ) - A Waukesha County man accused of threatening a church youth group in northern Wisconsin is due back in court August 15th for pre-trial matters.
28-year-old Jesse Rutherford of Big Bend has waived the state’s time limit for a preliminary hearing.
He faces 8 criminal charges in Price County, after he allegedly approached a group of young people with a gun, told them to get on their knees, and help get his truck out of a nearby ditch.
It happened May 18th while the group was camping in a yard south of Phillips. Circuit Judge Patrick Fox is reviewing video of the incident.
Rutherford has asked the judge not to let a jury hear statements he made to police, and the results of a search of his vehicle. He’s free after posting a $5,000 cash bond.
Rutherford’s charges include three felonies of false imprisonment, reckless endangerment, and narcotics possession. The misdemeanors are for operating a gun while intoxicated, third-time drunk driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a revoked license, and disorderly conduct.
Rutherford was also given traffic tickets for not taking a sobriety test after his arrest, and violating a license restriction.