La Crosse, WI – WXOW – A Bangor man was sentenced to five years in prison, having pleaded guilty to attempted sexual assault in the second degree and strangulation.
It was last May when the 18-year-old Theodore Muellenberg broke into a home wearing a ski mask and assaulted an 18-year-old woman. Initially, Bangor Police were investigating two home invasions and assaults, the second being reported by Muellenberg. He told police he was also attacked in his home, but three weeks into the investigation, authorities said his story didn’t add up. He confessed, telling investigators “I did it.”
It was an emotional day of testimony from the victim, her family and relatives. She told Judge Gonzalez and the full courtroom, “There is nothing that will ever make him feel what I felt. He will never know what it is like to feel so afraid.”
She concluded with a message of strength and hope, saying, “I feel like five years will give me the ability to get back those easy going, happy and fun parts of me, to regain myself a sense of safety and no longer be afraid.”
Just before final sentencing, Muellenberg apologized to the victim, her family and his own parents. Judge Gonzalez asked him to explain how he was able to live his life as nothing had happened or was wrong during the three weeks between the attack and his confession, including time spent with the victim. He didn’t have a clear answer.
Gonzalez then showed him evidence photos of the victim.
“You did that. Those photographs in front of you. You came an eyelash away from taking a life, and the maximum I can send you to prison is for three years,” Gonzalez said.
Additional charges allowed for a final sentencing of five years jail time. That is to be followed by five years of extended supervision in which Muellenberg will have to register as a sex offender.