JEFFERSON COUNTY, Wis. (WTAQ) - A Jefferson man has been found guilty of lesser charges in the murders of an off-duty Oconomowoc police officer and her boyfriend outside a tavern.
A Jefferson County jury convicted 25-year-old Andrew Wirth Sunday on 2 counts of negligent handling of a dangerous weapon. The jury deliberated for about 12 hours since late Saturday afternoon. It was selected in Columbia County, and was sent to Jefferson County to hear the case.
Wirth was originally charged with two counts of intentional homicide in the slayings of 37-year-old Jennifer Luick and 40-year-old Gregg Peters outside Vinnie’s Rock Bottom in Jefferson last December.
According to prosecutors, Wirth got upset that Luick pinched his buttocks in the bar. She claimed it was a joke. But a confrontation followed, as Wirth pulled a .380-caliber handgun and shot Luick and Peters.
The defense claimed that Wirth acted in self-defense, claiming Peters threatened him. A sentencing date was not immediately set. Wirth faces up to 40 years in prison and $100,000 in fines for his lesser conviction.