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UPDATE: Former DNR warden faces eight felony charges

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REEDSBURG (WKOW) -- A former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) warden is facing eight felony charges for theft and official misconduct, after he allegedly seized guns from people and never turned them in as evidence before being fired in June of 2013.

Capitol Police went to the home of David Horzewski in February to look for those guns, at the request of his former DNR supervisors.

As a warden, Horzewski was allowed to keep seized evidence at his home, but according to a criminal complaint filed in Sauk County Court Tuesday, he lost that right once he lost his job.

Capitol Police ultimately determined Horzewski failed to turn over a total of six guns, some of which he confiscated as far back as 2003.

Horzewski now faces six felony counts of theft and two felony counts of official misconduct for not turning that evidence over when asked to by his supervisors.

"The allegations include, not only did he not turn them over, but he was using them for his own personal endeavors," said Kevin Croninger, the Monroe County District Attorney who is serving as a special prosecutor on the case, because Horzewski has worked too closely with law enforcement in Sauk County.  "You know, I don't know that its clear exactly what he was using them for, but I think the evidence shows it was for more than what was part of his job."

Horzewski faces up to $80,000 in fines and could spend as many as 43 years in prison.  He will make his initial appearance in Sauk County court on June 11th.
   
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MADISON (WKOW) -- A former Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) warden is facing eight felony charges for theft and official misconduct, after he allegedly seized guns from people and never turned them in as evidence.

DNR officials say they found evidence of misconduct after they fired 45 year-old David Horzewski in July of 2013 and turned the investigation over to State Capitol Police.

Horzewski had served as a DNR warden since 1994, but was disciplined by his superiors several times over the past few years for department policy violations, according to a criminal complaint filed in Sauk County.  Horzewski is a resident of Reedsburg.

Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have more on this story on 27 News at 5 and 6.


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