Complaint: Argument over politics led to severe beating of Mauston woman

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JUNEAU COUNTY (WKOW) — An argument over politics escalated to the point where a Mauston woman was severely beaten with a baseball bat, according to a criminal complaint filed in Juneau County Circuit Court.

Linda M. Heyroth, 57, is charged with four felony and two misdemeanor counts, including aggravated battery, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, false imprisonment and felony intimidation of a victim.

Heyroth was scheduled for a bail hearing Tuesday afternoon in Juneau County Court.

The victim of the beating told police she was discussing politics with Heyroth on Saturday afternoon, May 19, when Heyroth became agitated.

The victim asked Heyroth to be quiet, which enraged her to the point where she grabbed a baseball bat and continuously struck the victim, according to the criminal complaint.

Heyroth then blocked the door and refused to let the victim leave.

“I was going to die. She wouldn’t let me … she smashed my phone, wouldn’t let me call nowhere. Wouldn’t let me out the door and put a shovel under the door,” the victim told investigators. “I would have died if I wouldn’t have gotten away.”

The victim escaped after Heyroth went to get a towel to clean up the victim, who then flagged down a passerby for help.

Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak

Social Media and Digital Content Manager, 27 News

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