Three men charged with the shooting death of a Sheldon couple appeared in Rusk County Circuit Court for an initial appearance hearing on Thursday, June 25.
Adam R. Rosolowski, 21, of Sheldon, has been charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of armed carjacking, armed burglary, one count of theft of movable property ($5,000–$10,000), one count of theft of movable property (special facts), one count of felony criminal damage to property (all as a party to a crime) and one count of misdemeanor bail jumping. Each of his charges also have a repeater modifier.
If convicted, Rosolowski could be sentenced to a maximum of up to two life sentences plus 102.5 years’ incarceration or $190,000 in fines or both.
Joseph W. Falk, 17, of Catawba, and Tristan G. Shober, 16, of Phillips, have been charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of armed carjacking, armed burglary, one count of theft of movable property ($5,000–$10,000), one count of theft of movable property (special facts) and one count of felony criminal damage to property (all as party to a crime).
If convicted, Falk and Shober could be sentenced to a maximum of up to two life sentences plus 70.5 years’ incarceration or $180,000 in fines or both.
Due to the seriousness of the charges under Wisconsin state law, Shober will be tried as an adult despite being only 16.
Falk appeared June 25 for an initial appearance hearing with defense attorneys Ryan Moertel and Matt Krische. Shober appeared with defense attorneys William Schembera and Kerry Kelm. Rosolowski was represented by defense attorneys Kirby Harless and Ryan Raymond.
Rosolowski is being held in the Rusk County Jail on a $1 million cash bond. Shober and Falk are both being held on $500,000 cash bonds.
Rosolowski was arrested in Price County on June 7 after being involved in vehicles pursuits in that county. That same day, the shootings were discovered at the elder Rosolowskis’ residence.
In an interview with a Rusk County investigator and a special agent with the Division of Criminal Investigation, Rosolowski initially claimed he hadn’t been in Rusk County for several months. However, later in the same interview, he indicated he had been at his grandparents’ township of Marshall home at 9:30 p.m. on June 6.
Rosolowski admitted he went inside the residence to get clothing and a subwoofer. The criminal complaint alleges Falk wanted Robert Rosolowski’s truck and was upset he couldn’t get it. Rosolowski told law enforcement he saw his grandfather shot to death and his grandmother wounded.
While being held in custody at the Rusk County Jail on June 9, Rosolowski requested to speak again with law enforcement. Rosolowski admitted to being inside the township of Marshall residence when Falk shot Robert Rosolowski, and he admitted to firing two shots aimed at his grandmother.
According to the criminal complaint, on the morning of June 6, Falk picked up Rosolowski and Shober, and together, they drove to Rusk County.
Shober told law enforcement they were headed to Rosolowski’s grandparents’ home and had brought with them three guns. Shober had a .40 caliber handgun, Falk had a 12-gauge shotgun and Rosolowski had a black handgun.
Shober said Rosoloski entered the residence to retrieve some items and Shober was to be a lookout for if the elder Rosolowskis returned. When they returned, Shober said they hid in a shed. After they smoked a cigarette, Shober returned to the truck.
After about 30 minutes, Shober told law enforcement he heard a gunshot and got out of the truck to see what was happening. He said he saw Bonnie Rosolowski was injured outside a door. He allegedly heard Rosolowski tell Falk to “shoot her,” at which time Falk shot her through the door.
Shober admitted that during the drive to the grandparents’ residence, Rosolowski and Falk told him that they were planning to shoot Robert and Bonnie Rosolowski because Rosolowski believed his grandparents had messed up his life.
In an interview with a Rusk County investigator and a special agent with the Division of Criminal Investigation, Falk admitted he allegedly shot both Robert and Bonnie Rosolowski with his 12-gauge shotgun. He claimed that Bonnie had been shot first by Rosolowski.
Falk said prior to the shooting, he and Rosolowski discussed which guns to bring along; he was allegedly aware they were going to shoot the Rosolowskis. Falk told law enforcement that Shober had known what they were planning and that Shober was the “getaway driver,” according to the criminal complaint. Falk said Rosolowski said he would pay $250 to Shober to stay with them before and after the shooting and that Shober never spoke up about not wanting to be involved.
Court records said Shober was told to load Falk’s truck onto a trailer pulled by a white Cummins truck; however, once loaded they had the wrong truck keys and weren’t able to pull the trailer. When the three men left the residence, Falk was driving his truck and Rosolowski was driving a black Cummins truck that he had taken from his grandparent’s home.
All of the guns were placed behind a seat in Falk’s truck including a .22 and a 12-gauge shotgun from Rosolowskis’ residence.
At the time of the incident, Rosolowski had an open bond in Rusk County Circuit Court signed April 27 with the condition that Rosolowski would have no contact with Robert and Bonnie Rosolowski and the condition that he would not commit any crime.
Rosolowski’s criminal history includes a fourth-degree sexual assault conviction from February 2017, a possession of drug paraphernalia (as a party to a crime) conviction from September 2017 and theft of movable property ($2,500 or less) from March 2020.
As codefendents, Shober, Rosolowski and Falk will appear together for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 15 in Rusk County Circuit Court.