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UPDATE: Jury finds woman guilty of threatening Portage Co. judge

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PORTAGE COUNTY (WAOW) -- A Portage County woman has been found guilty of threatening to burn down a judge's house.

Julie Grych's trial started and ended in one day. According to court documents -- a recording was left on Portage County Judge Frederic Fleishauer's voice mail last September. Grych's defense attorney Michael Hughes argued there was no way to prove who left the message -- or what the caller's intent was.

"If the state can not prove to us beyond a reasonable doubt that Ms. Grych actually left a concerning voice mail, then we're certainly not going to hold the contents of that voice mail against Ms. Grych," said Hughes.

Judge Fleishauer took the stand. He testified he recently ruled in a hearing where Grych lost custody of her two children. Prosecutors said that's why Grych threatened the judge.

"Well it was a threat basically to burn down my home," said Fleishauer. "It was troubling."

The defense argued the caller never actually said she would burn the judge's house down. But the judge said he connected the dots.

"I know where you live coupled with we burn things down gave me the inference that they were going to burn down my house," said Fleishauer. "That's how I took it."

After deliberating for about an hour -- the jury came to the same conclusion. Grych was found guilty of two felony charges, and a misdemeanor.

"When the defendant makes threats to people, everybody takes them seriously, to the point where she was convicted before and she received a sanction while on probation and had to go to jail because she made threats," said prosecuting attorney David Knaapen.

Now Grych faces time in prison -- and will learn her sentence in June.

Grych has been convicted of threatening a witness once in the past. Stevens Point mayor Andrew Halverson testified Grych had threatened him shortly after he took office in 2007.

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