Court mutes Jakubowski during hearing
A Wisconsin man accused of stealing numerous firearms and sending an anti-government manifesto to the White House talked back to the court commissioner during a hearing to face state charges.
Joseph Jakubowski is already facing federal charges for allegedly stealing firearms from a Janesville gun store and on Monday court officials advised him of charges against him in Rock County.
Jakubowski sat with his defense attorney and appeared by closed-circuit television while court Commissioner Larry Barton informed him of three charges of theft and burglary.
At one point Jakubowski questioned the charge of possessing tools of burglary. Barton warned him not to make statements in court which are on the record and to direct questions to his attorney.
"How can you come up with a charge for someone bringing tools and breaking into a shop?" Jakubowski asked.
"Mr. Jakubowski, I'm not here to discuss the case with you. You can ask those questions of your attorney."
But Jakubowski persisted. "I'll acknowledge the other two (charges)."
"Mr. Jakubowski, I'm going to advise you not to have open discussions with me on the record because I do not want you to say anything on the record that could implicate you."
Jakubowski blurted, "Not your slave, man! You can't tell me what to do! As a free individual, you can't tell me what to do!"
"Mr. Hart, turn the sound off. You have some conference with this man." Barton told the attorney told the attorney to mute the connection and explain the reasons to his client.
Jakubowski had little to say after the attorney put the sound back on.
Prosecutors revealed in court Monday that Jakubowski told investigators he created a fake bomb and placed it at a gas station as a diversion for police while he burglarized the gun shop. The gas station clerk thought it was a prank, threw it away, and never called it in.
Authorities arrested Jakubowski in western Wisconsin last Friday after a 10-day manhunt. Police aren't saying how many of the 18 stolen guns they recovered.
Jakubowski is being held in Rock County on $30,000 bond.