Police: Wisconsin teen shot grandparents

In this undated photo booking by the Outagamie County, Wisconsin, sheriff’s office, shows the 17-year-old Alexander M. Kraus, who the police say admitted that he fatally shot an elderly couple he knew in the east from Wisconsin and that he was planning to cause harm at his high school. Grand Chute police told the Associated Press on Monday that the police respond to a 911 call found the bodies in a Grand Chute home Sunday morning. The police said Alexander M. Kraus, of Neenah, was arrested at the house. Kraus was imprisoned on the possible first-degree intentional homicide charges. (Outagamie County Sheriff via AP)

MILWAUKEE – A 17-year-old told investigators that he fatally shot his grandparents, and was planning to cause damage to his eastern Wisconsin high school, police said Monday.

Police responding to a 911 call for help found the bodies of 74-year-old Dennis Kraus and 73-year-old Letha Kraus at their home in Grand Chute about 11:30 pm Sunday, Director Travis Waas said. He declined to release details of the call.

The police arrested their grandson, Alexander M. Kraus at the couple’s home, Waas said. Kraus, who lives in nearby Neenah, admitted that he shot the couple, Waas said. Waus declined to comment on the nature of Kraus’ plans in his school, or the severity of the threat. Police also released no details about why the couple was shot.

Kraus was held in the Outagamie County Jail and has not yet been charged. The police said in a news release that he can be charged with the two counts of first-degree intentional homicide. Each of the charges could carry a life sentence. A first appearance was Tuesday afternoon.

Wass said he did not know whether Kraus had a lawyer who can respond to the allegations. Online court records do not list his case as of Monday afternoon.

Grand Chute, a city of 22,000, located about 110 miles (177 km) northwest of Milwaukee. Neenah, home of 26,000, is about 15 miles (24 km) south of Grand Chute.

Wisconsin is one of six states that treat 17 year olds as adults in the criminal justice system. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers has included provisions in his budget that would move 17-year-olds back in the juvenile court.

A long gun believed to have been used in the crime was recovered at the grandparents’ house, Haze said.

Kraus also told investigators about his plan to cause harm to Neenah High School, where he was a junior, Waas said. He said that investigators recovered documentation in connection with that plan.

He said more information would be included in charging documents Tuesday.

The school district released a statement Monday said the police determined that there was no threat to students and staff of the school and that the school day would go as normal. Extra counselors were available for students, and there was an extra police presence at the high school, the district said.


Associated Press writer Todd Richmond in Madison contributed to this report.

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