Racine County Judge John Jude dismissed a burglary case involving Daniel Townley, a Mount Pleasant man, because he died in February, according to court records.

The alleged violations stem from a burglary that happened on Sept. 20 in the 5700 block of the East Frontage Road. The Racine County District Attorney’s Office charged Townley with two felony counts of burglary, illegally obtaining a prescription and trespassing.

Townley committed suicide in Mount Pleasant on Feb. 23, said Lt. Gary Larsen, of the Caledonia Police Department.

Townley, who was a veteran, claimed that he was a sovereign citizen and declared war on Wisconsin in a lawsuit against the Caledonia Police Department and several other government agencies for allegedly violating his constitutional rights. He filed a civil complaint in October with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin against the Caledonia Police Department, Racine County, City of Racine, and the state of Wisconsin alleging that they violated his fourth amendment rights, which have to do with search and seizure.

Suing for violations of federal law, Townley is demanding that his property be returned, his $1,000 bail (with interest), “one ice cold Dr. Pepper,” $1 million, a public apology, his boots polished, expungement of all record of arrest, the dismissal of all charges and prison sentence, and “writing the entire U.S. Constitution on every billboard in the State of Wisconsin,” according to federal court documents.




Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.