EAGLE RIVER - In 2011, a Lac du Flambeau man forced toddlers into a scalding bathtub.
Now he won't be able to go near any child for the next four years.
Jeffery Kulick turned up the water temperature in the house to near boiling a year and a half ago.
That's when he was watching the two year old and three year old siblings.
He then forced the children into a bathtub of the scalding water.
On Monday, he was sentenced in Vilas County Court to four years in prison, followed by five years of extended supervision.
Family of the victims provided emotional testimony.
"It takes a real monster to turn the water heater up, wait for the water to get that hot, then run an bath, then forced my son to sit in it," said the victims' mother.
"The grandmother who immediately tried to aid the young man indicated that when she tried to take his socks off, the skin was coming off with the socks," explained Vilas County Assistant District Attorney David Breedlove.
"He's burned from the waist down. Not only that, but his private areas. What's he going to tell girls when he's older?" asked the victims' father.
Newswatch 12 has decided to keep the identity of the parents concealed to protect the victims' privacy as minors.
"I guess the best way I can say it is, I feel your pain. I truly do," said Vilas County Judge Neal Nielsen during sentencing.
Nielsen showed little sympathy for Kulick.
He gave him nearly the five years in prison prosecutors asked for.
Defense attorney Robert Hanson told us he expects to take the ruling to appeals court.
STOUGHTON - Police in Stoughton are investigating a threatening letter that was sent to a black teenager, with a photo that depicted him as the victim of a lynching.
The letter had a Madison postmark but no return address. The family told the newspaper it contained a photo showing two men hanging from a tree, with a mob watching. A picture of the 18-year-old was superimposed onto one of the men.
MERRILL - When you think of movies you probably think of Hollywood, but one man from Northcentral Wisconsin is bringing his feature film to the local screen.
Wausau’s Jarrod Crooks not only makes movies, but he also stars in them.
His latest film, "Dispatched" is based off the Elvis Presley movie, “Girl Happy,” says filmmaker Jarrod Crooks. “My character Jake is sent to go watch my bosses daughter while she’s on vacation with a friend. Then an old enemy is kind of after him while he’s on vacation, so some things happen.”
Crooks made, "Dispatched" on a $5,000 budget and it’s full of romance, action, and comedy.
“My buddy would joke with me, ‘why don’t you just pick one genre man and then just go with it'," says Crooks. "I’m like because I want to make this movie how I want to make It'." "I actually like romantic comedies, I think they’re kind of fun, and I think they’re cute. I like action films because I’m a guy, and I like comedy because Jim Carey is great.”
Crooks is only 28 and has already made 4 feature films. His passion started when he was 12 years old.
“I went over to my friend’s house and he had a video camera. I was like oh we should make a movie, and at that time I was really into, “Wishbone,” says Crooks.
“We’d always remake our own literature pieces. Then I saw my first Jackie Chan movie and I’m like, alright it’s settled we’re doing action films from now on," says Crooks. “From then on it was just a love affair with the filmmaking.”
His latest film will be shown at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill on Saturday at 5pm.
“The fact that I’m bringing it to central Wisconsin is great because this is where I grew up," says Crooks. "All my family and friends get to see it, so I’m very excited about that and you get to see yourself on the big screen what’s better than that.”
Disclaimer: All information deemed reliable but not guaranteed and should be independently verified. Rockfleet Broadcasting / Northland Television, Inc. and By Request Web Designs shall not be held responsible for any typographical errors, misinformation, or misprints.