Antigo man convicted of killing his mother facing new felony charge

Derek Goplin stabbed Susan Reece to death on Halloween 2021, her body was found during a welfare check the next day
Published: Feb. 7, 2023 at 9:34 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 21, 2023 at 7:33 PM CST
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ANTIGO, Wis. (WSAW) - A jury that found a 39-year-old Antigo man guilty in the death of his mother is now facing new a felony charge.

Derek Goplin is now being charged with exposing himself to a child. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of child neglect. Goplin was first charged in Waukesha County in February 2022, but the judge ordered that the charges be placed under a seal, meaning that nobody could review them.

In January, Goplin was convicted of 1st-degree intentional homicide for killing his mother, Susan Reece, on Halloween 2021. Her body was found the next day during a welfare check by the police. Police said Susan Reese, 63, died of stab wounds. Officers conducted a sweep of the home, finding a folding knife with blood and hair on it. They also noted the victim had defensive wounds.

The court ordered to have the seal on the records removed on Feb. 8 and a court hearing is now scheduled for March 14.

This is the first homicide case for Antigo in more than 30 years. A sentencing date for the murder conviction has not yet been set.