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13 year old charged with killing father after school, family turmoil

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DELTON (WKOW) -- A 13-year-old Sauk County boy is charged as an adult with first degree intentional homicide in the killing of his father, after authorities said the seventh grader was expelled from school.

A judge set bond Tuesday for Michael Crisafulli at $500,000, and Crisafulli was ordered into secure juvenile detention.

Sauk County district attorney Patricia Barrett said anyone over ten charged with Wisconsin's most serious homicide charge must be treated as an adult.   Crisafulli's attorneys have the opportunity to petition the court and argue for his transfer into juvenile court.

Authorities said the middle school student confessed to the killing, and described a cold blooded act, where he took a pistol from the gun case of Angelo Crisafulli, 55, and shot his father in the back of the head as he sat in a recliner chair in their town of Delton home.

Authorities said the younger Crisafulli unsuccessfully tried to move the body out of the house in a small wagon, and then walked approximately five miles to the Walmart where his father worked, and where police officers made contact with him after he acted suspiciously.

The victim's brother, Charles Crisafulli told WKOW27 News he spent time with the boy after he was sanctioned at school and worked on cars with him.  

Crisafulli said his brother was a single father of the boy.   Crisafulli and other family members said the teen had autism.  

Crisafulli said his brother was a dedicated father.

"After his divorce, his life was Michael."

Sauk County chief sheriff's deputy Chip Meister said authorities had responded a number times in the past to situations involving father and son, with custody arrangements the cause of friction.   Assistant Sauk County district attorney Kevin Calkins said Michael Crisafulli was known to run away at times when required to go to his mother's home.

Reedsburg school district officials declined comment on Crisafulli's attendance at Reedsburg's Webb middle school, other than to confirm his place in the seventh grade and Angelo Crisafulli's work for the district as a part time school bus driver.

Authorities said Crisafulli claimed his father became angry at him over the expulsion.

Criminal documents stated the boy told investigators his "balloon of anger" finally broke before the shooting.

Neighbor Mike Van Huss said Angelo Crisafulli, who was known as Nick, was a friendly person who appeared "overly concerned" about his son's welfare.

"It's a continuing effort to keep a family together and he was doing that with his son, (dealing)  with his son's autism."

The judge ordered a mental competency examination for the boy before any further court proceedings are scheduled.


A 13-year old boy is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon on first-degree homicide charges in connection with the death of his father.

Michael Crisafulli was taken into custody after police found 55-year-old Angelo D. Crisafulli dead of a gunshot wound to the head at his home in Lake Delton.

Based on his age, Michael Crisafulli is being charged as an adult but there is a possibility additional court proceedings could send the case into juvenile court.

The investigation began Tuesday, when police were called to a Walmart where the boy was wandering. When they tried to contact his father, they found him dead at the home.

Crisafulli told police he was responsible for the shooting.

Police have had contact in the past with the victim and his son regarding custody issues between the victim and his ex-wife.

Crisafulli is scheduled to appear in court at 3:00 p.m.

Reedsburg school officials tell 27 News that Crisafulli was a seventh grade student at Webb Middle School in Reedsburg. His father, Angelo, worked as a substitute bus driver for the Reedsburg School District for a number of years.

We have team coverage of this developing story: Tony Galli and Brian Rodriguez will update the details in this case here on our web channel WKOWTV.com and tonight on 27 News at 5, 6, 6:30 and 10.


DELTON (WKOW) -- The Sauk County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting death of a 55 year-old Delton man, where his 13 year-old son is suspected in the killing.

Lake Delton Police broke the case when they looked into the report of a 13 year-old wondering in a local Walmart store. When police tried to contact the boy's father, they found the man dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

The man is identified as 55 year-old Angelo D. Crisafulli. According to police, the 13 year-old confessed to killing his father.

27 News reporter Tony Galli will have a live update from Sauk County on 27 News at 5 & 6.

Below is the full news release from the Sauk County Sheriff's Office:

On January 19, 2010 at 9:09 p.m., Lake Delton Police Officers were sent to Wal-Mart for a 13-year-old male was wandering around the store. Lake Delton Police Officers arrived and identified the 13-year-old male. They then requested a Sauk County Deputy to make contact with the juvenile's father at E9931 Shady Lane road, Township of Delton.

Upon arrival of the deputy, a male subject was found lying on the floor with an apparent gunshot wound to the back of his head. During the investigation, the victim was identified as Angelo D. Crisafulli, age 55, who was pronounced dead at the scene by the Sauk County Coroner's Office.

Sauk County Investigators interviewed the thirteen male who admitted that he was responsible for the shooting of Mr. Crisafulli. The juvenile was taken into custody and is being held on the charge of First Degree Homicide.

The investigation is continuing by the Sauk County Sheriff's Office with assistance from the Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory. The investigative reporters will be turned over to the Sauk County District Attorney's Office for a formal charging decision.

By Chief Deputy "Chip" Meister
Sauk County Sheriff's Office

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