FLORENCE, Wis. - An Illinois man was bound over in Florence County Court on felony charges that he pursued two people from Eagle River, Wis. to Florence then hit one with his vehicle.
Benedict Emil Sedivy, 70, of Cicero, Ill. will be arraigned on Jan. 23.
He faces two felony counts of second degree reckless endangerment and one felony count of aggravated battery.
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Benedict Sedivy, left, appears in Florence County Court with his attorney Julie LaCost of Iron Mountain. Sedivy was bound over on felony charges of reckless endangerment and aggravated battery.
If convicted on all counts, he could spend up to 26 years in prison.
On Tuesday, Sedivy and his attorney Julie LaCost of Iron Mountain appeared in Florence County Court for a preliminary examination. During a preliminary examination, a judge determines whether or not there is probable cause to believe a defendant committed a crime. Probable cause does not indicate guilt.
Both victims gave their versions of the story during the preliminary examination. Sedivy did not testify.
One of the victims, 32-year-old Nicole Christensen (no address given) testified that she met Sedivy a few months ago through her work as an exotic dancer at the Frontier Club in Eagle River, Wis. Sedivy drove her around, loaned her money, and shared a hotel room with her, she added.
Christensen also testified that in the past, she had consented to posing nude while Sedivy took photographs of her. Sedivy had paid her for the photos, she added.
The other victim, 46-year-old Michael Kirch of Kingsford, testified that he was in Eagle River on Jan. 6 to see Christensen, his on-again-off-again girlfriend, dance at the Frontier Club. He asked Christensen if she wanted to go home with him, and she agreed, as long as she could first go get her things at her and Sedivy's hotel room.
Kirch testified that when they were at the hotel room, Sedivy told him that on the previous night he had filmed
Christensen having sexual relations with an another male while she was highly intoxicated. Kirch said that he was upset, as he believed Christensen would not have been in the right frame of mind at the time to give consent to the activity.
Kirch claimed that when he asked for the tapes, Sedivy pulled a 16- to 20-inch blade out of his cane and threatened him. Kirch said that he then exited the room and allowed the situation to cool down so Christensen could pack her things.
Upon entering the room again, Kirch discovered a video camera and professional lighting equipment. He testified that he took the items and put them in his vehicle.
Kirch testified that Sedivy noticed that the items were missing before he and Christensen left the scene. Sedivy then got into his vehicle and chased the victims' vehicle eastbound on State Highway 70, Kirch said.
Kirch testified that Sedivy rammed his vehicle twice during the nearly 40-mile trip from Eagle River to Florence County. In an attempt to lose Sedivy, Kirch turned off onto Lauterman Lake Road. He ended up driving into the ditch instead.
Kirch and Christensen said that they proceeded to exit their vehicle and run into the woods. However, Christensen decided to reason with Sedivy, so she approached his vehicle.
Christensen testified that Sedivy accelerated towards her. She then jumped onto the hood of his vehicle to avoid getting run over. After Sedivy hit the brakes, she fell off of the vehicle and into the ditch.
Deputies from the Florence County Sheriff's Office later apprehended Sedivy a short distance from the scene.
Christensen was transported to the hospital where she was treated for a concussion, whiplash, and injuries to her ankle and hip. Kirch was not injured during the incident.
Florence County Court Judge Leon D. Stenz ruled that there was probable cause to believe that Sedivy committed the felonies of reckless endangerment and aggravated battery.
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