The Wisconsin Parole Board violated state law by failing to notify law enforcement of parolees’ release

Not only did the Evers administration fail to notify the families of several victims of parole hearings across Wisconsin, but WRN has now documented that the Wisconsin Parole Board is violating state law by failing to notify certain law enforcement agencies in communities where convicted murderers live.

For example, West Bend and Waupaca Police Departments told Wisconsin Right Now they were not notified parolees of killers in these communities. The Onalaska police chief told the La Crosse Tribune that the city was also not notified of the release of a strangler/rapist.

“No, we had no idea, until we saw it in the paper like everyone else,” a West Bend police commander told us after researching the notification issues.

Wisconsin law explicitly states that the municipal police department and sheriff’s department must be notified of a parolee’s release. before release occurs:

304.06(1)(g) Before a person is paroled under this subsection, the parole board shall notify the municipal police department and the county sheriff of the area in which the person will reside. The duty to notify under this paragraph does not apply if a city department or county sheriff submits to the parole board a written statement waiving the right to be notified. Where applicable, the department must also comply with s. 304.063.

We have documented several instances in which law enforcement was not notified of releases, including a recent high-profile repeat offender.

Floyd Marlow of West Bend was paroled in January by Governor’s appointee Tony Evers after serving just 22 years of a 40-year sentence for a homicide conviction. He is back behind bars in Washington County after allegedly driving erratically on I-45 with a loaded illegal weapon this month.

Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) records confirm that Marlow was released in the town of West Bend in Washington County. WRN spoke with Washington County Sheriff Marty Schulteis, who said it appears his department was never notified of the release.

“I’m not saying we weren’t informed, but normally we will receive extended supervision and sex offenders by fax or regular mail and then update the name file to find out where they live. right now,” Schulteis said. “Our first contact entry was made on him the day he was arrested, so it would appear we weren’t.”

We contacted the West Bend Police Department. They investigated the matter and confirmed to us that they had not been informed of Marlow’s release in the city.

They contacted the local Washington County DOC office to ask why they had not been notified. This office told them that because Marlow was a version of Milwaukee, it was the responsibility of the Milwaukee DOC office to do the enforcement notifications, which was not done.

WRN has further documented these instances in which law enforcement was not notified:

Terrence Shaw was paroled on 9/7/21. “Onalaska Police Chief Charles Ashbeck said the city was not notified of Shaw’s release and did not know he was living in Onalaska until he was contacted by the Tribune,” reads the Tribune article. Shaw was first placed in a home operated as a daycare center by DOC, until we wrote a story about it, and he was moved to a hotel. He raped, strangled and stabbed a young mother and a medical technician after breaking into her home.

Randolph Whiting was paroled on 01/21/2020 and currently resides in Waupaca, Wisconsin, according to DOC records. Waupaca Police Chief Brian Hoelzel told us his department was not notified of the release. The Waupaca County Sheriff’s Department was also not notified. Whiting helped gang-rape a Green Bay woman, slit her throat, and left her to die in a dung pit.

Marc Ketterhagen was paroled on 10/15/2019 and currently lives in West Allis, Wisconsin, according to DOC records. West Allis police said a parole officer asked them in September 2019 if Ketterhagen could reside in an apartment in the city. They were therefore informed of this through the survey, but never received any official notification. Ketterhagen shot a pregnant teenager in Burlington and threw her body off a bridge.

Carl Beletsky wparoled 8/20/2019 and currently lives in Hatley, Wisconsin in Marathon County. The Marathon County Sheriff’s Department confirmed they were not notified. There is no Hatley Police Department. Beletsky cut off his wife’s head in Oconomowoc and burned it in a stove.

The Burlington police chief also had no idea that Wilson Brook, the killer of a Burlington police officer, had been paroled. However, laws state that notification must be made to the agencies where the parolee resides, and it is not known where Brook lived before his death a few years after his release.