Man charged with damaging state Supreme Court chambers
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Madison man with causing thousands of dollars in damage to the Wisconsin Supreme Court chambers last month.
Court records indicate 26-year-old Timothy Binford was charged Monday with felony property damage and disorderly conduct. He could face up to three-and-a-half years in prison and 90 days in jail if convicted on both counts.
According to the criminal complaint, Binford entered the chambers on Nov. 26. He told police that he touched two statutes and saw dragons and snakes on one of them, which triggered what he called a “fury of rage”within him. He said he started walking around the room throwing items, including chairs, electronics, papers, books and name plates. He also tipped over a large conference table that separates the justices'seats from the audience's seats.
He told officers that he had drunk one beer and taken some CBD oil. He said wasn't there to hurt anyone and he would take full responsibility for his actions.
The complaint stated Binford caused at least $5,000 in damage.
Online court records listed the state public defender office as Binford's attorney but didn't name a specific lawyer. A message left at the public defender's Madison office Wednesday wasn't immediately returned.