(Beaver Dam) A Beaver Dam man who made violent threats towards authorities was sentenced to three years in prison Wednesday. John Cowen entered a no contest plea in February to a felony count of Threats to Law Enforcement and misdemeanor charges of Resisting and Unlawful Phone Use.
A total of twelve other felonies and misdemeanors were dismissed but read into the record. Cowen was also placed on extended supervision for six years.
During a call to the Beaver Dam Police Department’s non-emergency number from his phone last June, Cowen said (quote) “I have a prediction … that one of your pigs is going to be shot.” Sheriff’s detectives then called Cowen who denied placing the call but did admit that he hates several Beaver Dam police officers.
A non-law enforcement crises negotiator later contacted Cowen and was subjected to several obscene comments throughout the conservation. Over three days in late June, authorities received over 80 harassing phone calls from Cowen.
When law enforcement arrested the 42-year-old at his home, he was uncooperative and belligerent, resisting arrest while making crude comments.