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February 26, 2020

12/28/2019 7:30:00 AM
Not guilty pleas entered in elder abuse case
Abigail Bostwick
Of The Lakeland Times

A Rhinelander man facing felony domestic abuse charges involving an elderly person entered not guilty pleas to all counts during a recent appearance in Oneida County Circuit Court.

Beau Zinsmeister, 34, charged with felony aggravated battery/elderly person/domestic abuse, intentionally subject an individual at risk to abuse/likely to cause bodily harm, false imprisonment, substantial battery and misdemeanors criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct/domestic abuse/threat, appeared before Judge Michael Bloom Thursday afternoon. At that time, defense attorney Elizabeth Svehlek, announced Zinsmeister had chosen to waive his right to a preliminary hearing and enter not guilty pleas.

According to court reports, Oneida County deputies responded to disturbance at a Rhinelander home just after midnight on Dec. 5. Officers had to kick down a door after hearing a female call for help, the complaint states. They observed a physical altercation between Zinsmeister and an elderly female, 71, the reports note.

Zinsmeister was reported to be yelling, not cooperating and likely "highly intoxicated," the complaint states.

The alleged victim, who had "significant injuries on her head and face," and was uncertain why Zinsmeister attacked, the compliant indicates.

Following the waiver, Bloom ruled there is probable cause to move the case forward. A pre-trial conference is set for mid-January.

Zinsmeister, who remains in custody in the Oneida County Jail, is being held on a $7,500 cash bond.

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