Friday, August 23, 2019
Theodore Muellenberg

Bangor strangling suspect pleads guilty

A Bangor teenager convicted in a May 30 home invasion and assault will spend the next five years in prison.

After hearing statements from several people, including the victim who favored the five year sentence, La Crosse Circuit Court Judge Ramona Gonzalez sentenced Theodore Muellenberg, a 2018 Bangor High School graduate, to five years in prison followed by five years of extended supervision. Muellenberg faced a maximum sentence of 20 years.

pleaded guilty to two felony charges in La Crosse County Circuit Court Thursday, Nov. 29.

In a negotiated plea agreement, Theodore Muellenberg, a 2018 Bangor High School graduate, entered guilty pleas on Nov. 29 to second-degree sexual assault and strangulation, while charges of burglary and obstructing an officer were dismissed but were read into the record at sentencing.

In addition, Muellenberg will be put on a sex offender registry for life, and was ordered to inform his probation agent if he enters into a romantic relationship. He also may not have contact with the victim or her family.

Muellenberg was charged in the incident after an investigation led authorities to interview him concerning his involvement.

According to court records, an 18-year-old Bangor woman called authorities to report the home invasion on the morning of May 30, telling police she had been assaulted by a masked intruder.

The woman said she was strangled to the point of being unconscious by the intruder, who allegedly wore a ski mask during the assault.

She tried hitting her attacker before he fled the scene.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim fled her house and ran to Muellenberg’s home next door, but no one appeared home, so she moved on to another neighbor’s house.

In an attempt to cover up his involvement, Muellenberg called authorities about 15 minutes later, after police had arrived at the victim’s home, and reported that he had also fought with a masked intruder.

Authorities revealed that Muellenberg had a scratch on his forehead.

Muellenberg allegedly confessed to his involvement during an interview with investigators, telling them his intention was to rape the victim.


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