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Police: Wisconsin teen gunned down grandparents



A 17-year-old told investigators that he fatally shot his grandparents and was planning to cause harm at his eastern Wisconsin high school, police said Monday.

Police officers responding to a 911 call for 74-year-old Dennis Kraus and 73-year-old Letha Kraus at their home in Grand Chute about 11:30 am Sunday, Officer Travis Waas said.

Police arrested their grandson, Alexander M. Kraus at the couple's home, Waas said. Kraus, who lives in nearby Neenah, admitted that he shot the couple, Waas said. Waus declined to comment on the nature of Kraus's plans at his school or the severity of the threat. Police released no information on why the couple was shot.

Kraus was being held in the Outagamie County Jail has not yet been charged. Police said it was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide. Each charge would carry a life sentence. An initial court appearance was set for Tuesday afternoon.

Wass said he did not know whether Kraus had an attorney who could comment on the allegations.

Grand Chute, a city of 22,000, located about 110 miles (177 kilometers) northwest of Milwaukee. Neenah, home to 26,000, is 15 miles (24 kilometers) south of Grand Chute.

Wisconsin is one of six states that treat 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal justice system. Democratic Gov. 17-year-olds back into juvenile court.

A long gun believed to be in the crime was recovered at the grandparents' house, Waas said.

Kraus also told investigators about his plan to cause harm at Neenah High School, where he was a junior, Waas said.

He said more details would be included in charging documents Tuesday.

The school district released a statement Monday and that the school day would proceed as normal.

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Associated Press writer Todd Richmond of Madison contributed to this report.


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