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Dettmering Pleads No Contest On Two Intentional Homicide Counts
In Marinette County Circuit Court Branch 1 on Thursday, Jan. 20, longtime Town of Lake resident and business owner Robert R. Dettmering, 76, entered no contest pleas to two counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide, both with "conspiracy to commit" modifiers.
He was then found guilty on both counts by Judge David Miron and returned to the Marinette County Jail to await sentencing, which is set for 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 23.
Both counts are Class A felonies that carry a maximum possible penalty of up to 60 years in prison. A related charge of conspiracy to commit homicide was read into the record but dismissed.
Dettmering had owned some large farms in the area and was owner of Kranky Bob's Bar and Grill in Loomis at the time of his arrest. However, in the course of court proceedings he stated he no longer had equity in his properties and there were foreclosure proceedings in progress on one of them.
Dettmering has been held in Marinette County Jail in lieu of $1 million cash bond since his arrest on Aug. 3 for allegedly attempting to hire a hit man to kill his son, Jeffrey Dettmering and his son's wife, Kandy Dettmering, over a land dispute. According to the criminal complaint, Dettmering was upset with Jeffrey for selling property that he (Robert) had transferred to him.
He said Dettmering wanted him to then burn down their cabin at W5670 Pioneer Road, Crivitz with their bodies inside. He had been offered $5,000 down and $5,000 upon completion of the crime.
Silcox said he had told Dettmering he would not kill anyone, but knew some people with the Hell's Angels motorcycle group who would, and offered to contact them for him.
According to the complaint, Silcox told investigators Dettmering had spoken with him several times previously about wanting the homicide committed, but this time he was afraid that he was serious and felt if he did not contact authorities Dettmering would find someone else to do it.
The complaint states that Silcox contacted Marinette County Sheriff's Department, and they called in the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), which assigned an undercover officer to play the role of "hit man," Silcox was wired so detectives could monitor his conversations.
The criminal complaint states that Dettmering met with "Doug", the DCI undercover hit man, on the morning of Aug. 3 in the parking lot of Kranky Bob's Bar and gave him $1,000 as a down payment on the double murder. Dettmering identified his son Jeffrey and son's wife, Kandy, as the people he wanted killed and offered to provide a .22 caliber pistol for the job and promised the agent more of the money the next day. The conversation was recorded.
Very shortly after the meeting with "Doug" ended, Dettmering was taken into custody in the parking lot by Marinette County Sheriff's Department officers. He has been held in jail since then.