Crime

Hearing set for woman accused of attempted homicide

Becky Strabel | Staff writer
BURNETT – A preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 5 for a Danbury woman charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide and false imprisonment.
Polly Siers, 57, was arrested on March 21 after being served an arrest warrant by a Burnett County sheriff’s deputy. The charges stemmed from an incident that took place the evening of Dec. 23 and continued through Christmas Eve.
According to the criminal complaint, a Burnett County deputy was asked to call the victim in the early afternoon hours of Christmas Eve regarding a domestic situation that began the night before following a Christmas gathering.
After returning to the town of Swiss around 9 p.m., Siers became upset and started yelling at the victim about stealing items from the property and messing around with her Social Security. The victim attempted to leave so as not to upset Siers further, but she pulled a Ruger .38 revolver handgun and pointed it at the victim’s head and chest several different times. The person was also not allowed to leave. The reporting party stated that Siers indicated that the victim would be the “first one in (her) crawlspace.”
Since not allowed to leave, the victim asked to go to be allowed to sleep, however, at one point woke up to find Siers had a knife pressed against his throat and was told: “I ought to slit your throat for what you’ve done to me.” This continued until just after noon on Christmas Eve.
The victim convinced Siers to let him get cigarettes from a vehicle but once near the car jumped in and started to drive off. Siers then shot a bullet through the back-passenger door window. Hit by debris from the shot the victim sped off the property and headed to a relative’s home as the victim’s cellphone was in Siers’ possession.
The victim described the gun as being Ruger 38 revolver with a short stainless barrel and black grips and that had been missing for a few weeks before.
The deputy stated in the complaint that there was a hole in the bottom of the back-passenger door window and the victim says that Siers was standing about 15 to 20 feet from the car when being shot. The officer was able to find the location of the bullet entering and lodging in the vehicle which missed the victim by about 6 inches. The responding officer reports that the victim believes that the defendant intentionally tried to shoot to kill.
Using a home phone to call from, the officer called Siers who said, “there were no (expletive) incidents.” She then called the victim a “[explicit] cop caller.” When asked to meet the officer, Siers continued to swear and refused to meet. A ping was used to locate the defendant’s phone which was north of the current situation.
Two Burnett County officers then proceeded to Siers’ location, and it was noted that there didn’t appear to be any missing vehicles. The deputies were advised by former Sheriff Ron Wilhelm not to approach the home because the county didn’t have the resources available to contact the house. The officers then left the residence.
A $10,000 cash bond was set for Siers along with no contact with the victim or his residence; no possession of dangerous weapons or firearms.
If convicted, she faces a maximum combined sentence of 66 years in a prison and up to $10,000 in fines.


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