Wittenberg man arraigned on terrorist threat charge

Walker enters plea of not guilty because of mental disease or defect

A Wittenberg man charged with making terrorist threats while leading authorities on a manhunt in the village Aug. 2 entered a plea Monday of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

An evaluation will be scheduled for Lawrence L. Walker III, 22, who claimed to have explosives and hostages as he communicated by phone with Shawano County dispatchers.

The incident started as a welfare check shortly after 3:30 a.m., when Walker called dispatch to say he was on the roof of Associated Bank, 504 S. Webb St., and wanted to die, according to the criminal complaint.

He claimed to have 17 hostages and said he had placed explosives around the building that he would detonate if authorities interfered, the complaint said.

Walker was eventually located and subdued with a Taser before being taken into custody.

He could face a maximum possible penalty of 3½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine for making terrorist threats.

He is also charged with two counts of threatening a law enforcement officer, which carries a maximum six years in prison and $10,000 fine.