A Richfield man who seriously injured a Waukesha police officer and nearly strangled his wife to death in January 2016 at the Country Springs Hotel will spend the next 18 years of his life behind bars, a Waukesha County circuit judge ruled Thursday, April 13.
Judge Ralph Ramirez meted out that sentence – plus 13 years of extended supervision, the maximum possible – to 49-year-old Jeffrey Schultz.
Schultz was previously convicted in the case via an Alford plea of first-degree reckless injury and resisting an officer, causing substantial bodily harm/soft tissue injury in connection with that incident.
Online court records indicate Ramirez also ordered Schultz to pay nearly $50,000 in restitution to several parties, including an insurance company and the hotel, connected to the case.
Schultz was charged on Jan. 27, 2016, with a host of felony and misdemeanor offenses about four days after an argument between him and his former wife reportedly led to an almost fatal case of domestic violence.
According to a criminal complaint, Schultz threatened to kill his ex-wife during the fight, choked her and repeatedly slammed her head against a wall inside a room at Country Springs, 2810 Golf Road.
The complaint noted the victim was "extremely close" to having her neck snapped and dying from the strangulation.
A police officer was injured while trying to arrest Schultz after the victim's daughter reported the incident to police. The complaint said Schultz, who weighs 550 pounds, fell on the officer's left leg and pinned him to the ground during a struggle. That officer had to be carried away from the scene after he said he felt a "strong popping sensation" in his knee.
As a result, Schultz was facing 10 criminal charges. The remaining eight – two strangulation and suffocation counts; intimidating a victim with the use or attempted force; intimidating a witness/threatening force; false imprisonment; battery; disorderly conduct; and resisting or obstructing an officer – were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Schultz received credit for 448 days of time served, court records show.