- A district attorney called Traci England's actions enraging and repugnant incourt on Monday.A judge called them repulsive."It was the most difficult time of my life to lose a child," Wally Olejnik toldthe court.Olejnik lost a son.
"Who are you? Do you even know yourself? I know you, Traci. I know who youare. I know what kind of person you are," Brittany Deleeuw said.Deleeuw lost a family member.These two had family members who became victims of England, the former Oneidaand Forest County Medical Examiner, after their deaths."Most people recognize that this type of conduct is repulsive," Forest CountyJudge Leon Stenz told England.Without their family's permission, England stole body parts of four people totrain her dog as a cadaver dog.After pleading guilty to two felonies, England was punished with a year in jailat Monday's sentencing."Whereas these families could have gotten over the untimely death of a lovedone, it is likely they will never get over the consequences of this act," Stenzsaid."As parents who are charged with the care of children, (my wife) Kathy and I aredaily haunted by our decision to entrust (our son) David's remains to TraciEngland," Olejnik said."It hurts my very soul that even after death, I was unable to protect (ourfamily member) from being cheated out of and stolen from," Laura Deleeuw said."My intent was to help law enforcement. My actions have affected metremendously, as well as my family, my profession, and the people I work with,"England told the court in a 34-second statement.Entering sentencing, prosecutors and defense attorneys had agreed to recommend aten-day jail sentence to Stenz."I feel it's woefully inadequate," Stenz said upon review.Stenz imposed the year in jail as a part a three-year term of probation."To see the judge go over what was jointly proposed was not a surprise at all. I think it was warranted," Forest County District Attorney Chuck Simono saidafter the sentencing.Unless there's an appeal, Monday's decision closes a criminal case that hasdragged out for more than two years.England will need to report to jail by Friday.For the families of the victims, the sentence might provide some sense of closure."She offered peace of mind, but these were just lies that Traci England said. By now, you know the horrible truth, your honor," Olejnik told Stenz during thehearing.England's attorney still has the option of appealing the sentence.He declined our invitation for an interview on Monday.
Written By: Ben Meyer