UPDATE: Man Gets 26.5 Year Commitment in Wittenberg Hostage Situation

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email
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A 28-year-old Oconto County man accused of entering the Wittenberg Shell and McDonald's on April 22 and taking one person hostage will spend 26-and-half-years in a mental health institution.

Travis Keiler previously plead not guilty by mental disease to taking hostages and failing to comply with officers. As result a charge of disorderly conduct and carrying a concealed weapon were dismissed.

According to court documents, Keiler entered the business and told the cashier at Shell he'd be taking over her shift. The woman said she pushed the 911 call button after she noticed the man had a gun.

The Sheriff's Department says Keiler allowed all but one of the people inside the business to leave.

A crisis negotiator arrived on scene around 2:30 p.m., about a half hour after Keiler entered the business. According to court documents, Keiler said he had quit his job and had been driving around. Keiler reportedly told authorities he had stolen the handgun from a relative. The hostage was allowed to leave the building about an hour later. He was unharmed, but did tell investigators the gun had been pointed directly at him.

The Sheriff's Department believes the suspect may have been suffering from depression.

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