Benser charged in Oconto County standoff

Thomas S. Benser (Photo courtesy Oconto Co. Sheriff's Office)

OCONTO (WLUK) – Five counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide - and 14 counts in all - were filed Tuesday against Thomas Benser in connection with a weekend incident at his Lena home.

Benser appeared in Oconto County court Tuesday, where a $500,000 cash bond was set.

Benser, 50, allegedly got into an argument with his ex-girlfriend on Saturday morning. Benser choked her and threatened to kill her, according to the complaint.

The next day, the woman called police after receiving a voicemail from Benser. The message said he was planning to kill himself and stated he would not go back to jail and “would put a bullet into every cop,” the complaint states.

After police arrived at his home, they made phone contact. Benser fired four or five shots from the residence in the direction of the deputies. The Brown County SWAT team was then called in. The complaint does not give details for the end of the standoff.

For the Saturday incidents with his ex-girlfriend, Benser faces charges of attempted homicide, recklessly endangering safety, strangulation, substantial battery and disorderly conduct.

For the Sunday incident with officers, Benser faces four counts of attempted homicide, four counts of reckless endangering safety, and failure with an officer’s attempt to place him in custody.

If convicted of all counts, he faces a maximum of 321.5 years in prison, plus up to 90 days in jail.

Benser returns to court April 12.

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