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Chase Boruch accused of killing his mother for insurance money
Chase Boruch, 24, of Madison was charged Wednesday with first-degree intentional homicide in Lincoln County Circuit Court. Lincoln County Court Commissioner Wright Laufenberg set a $2 million cash bond for Boruch. Investigators found that Boruch purchased several insurance policies the month before Pergolski's death that named him as the beneficiary. Boruch was arrested Monday at his apartment in Madison. He faces life in prison if convicted. Lincoln County District Attorney Don Dunphy told Laufenberg the high cash bond was warranted because Boruch has access to the insurance money and might leave the area if he posted bond. It was the largest cash bond Dunphy remembered a judge ordering in Lincoln County. "Obviously, Mr. Boruch is facing the most criminal liability anyone in the state can face," Dunphy said. Boruch, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is indigent and qualifies for a public defender, said Joey Roeth of the Merrill public defender's office. Roeth said Boruch has not received any insurance money and is unlikely to because of the criminal charges. Boruch said Pergolski crashed the truck through a chain, down an embankment and into the lake where the truck became submerged, police said. Boruch, who was handcuffed and dressed in an orange jail jumpsuit, displayed no outward emotion during the brief court hearing. Boruch charged with homicide of mother (01:05) The Wausau native accused of killing his mother and trying to make it look like an accident will be held in the Lincoln County Jail on a $2 million cash bond. Chase Boruch was charged Wed. Dec. 1, 2010 with first degree intentional homicide. http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/section/VideoNetwork?bctid=694706329001 http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/section/VideoNetwork?bctid=694706329001 http://bcdownload.gannett.edgesuite.net/wausau/41823024001/41823024001_694712297001_badchase.jpg?pubId=41823024001 Boruch charged with homicide of mother The Wausau native accused of killing his mother and trying to make it look like an accident will be held in the Lincoln County Jail on a $2 million cash bond. Chase Boruch was charged Wed. Dec. 1, 2010 with first degree intentional homicide. wdh CWS News 01:05 MORE VIDEO Chase Boruch, 24, of Madison enters Lincoln County Circuit Court Commissioner Wright Laufenberg's courtroom Wednesday morning for his initial appearance. Cash bond for Boruch was set at $2 million on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide. Chase Boruch, 24, of Madison enters Lincoln County Circuit Court Commissioner Wright Laufenberg's courtroom Wednesday morning for his initial appearance. Cash bond for Boruch was set at $2 million on a charge of first-degree intentional homicide. Wausau native Chase Boruch held on $2 million bond in mother's death, charged with homicide News of accusation against Chase Boruch shocks UWMC official, former classmate Iraq war veteran killed mother, claimed she drowned, investigators conclude
Iraq war veteran Chase Boruch accused of killing mom, Sally Pergolski of Wausau
Chase Boruch, 24, was arrested Monday evening at his apartment in Madison and is being brought to the Lincoln County Jail in Merrill. Lincoln County Sheriff Jeff Jaeger said at a news conference this morning that Boruch will be charged with first-degree intentional homicide and could appear in court as soon as Wednesday. Sally Pergolski, 63, of Wausau and her son, Boruch, were at the town of Harrison lake in the early morning hours of June 6 when their pickup went into the lake, according to police. Boruch told authorities that he was able to escape from the vehicle and called 911 before pulling his mother out. Investigators later learned that Boruch took out several insurance polices on his mother shortly before her death, Jaeger said. Lincoln County sheriff's investigators obtained an arrest warrant Monday for Boruch and arrested him in Madison. Boruch was living in Wausau at the time of Pergolski's death and is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Boruch was deployed to Iraq for 14 months while serving in the Army and later was head of the college student government group at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County. He is a Wausau East High School and Horace Mann Middle School graduate. A fishing trip gone bad Boruch told investigators that he and his mother were going to Moraine lake to go fishing and left her house between 3:45 a.m. and 4 a.m., according to court documents. During the drive from Wausau to the lake, Boruch asked Pergolski to drive because he felt nauseous, police said. The truck then drove through a gate or cable on Moraine Lake Road before coming to a stop in the lake. (2 of 3) Boruch said he didn't remember crashing through a gate or cable, but was alerted when she yelled "this is going to kill us." Boruch said the truck went into the water and he tried to push Pergolski out his door, according to court documents. Boruch said Pergolski became unresponsive and he thought she hit her head. Boruch said he was initially unable to lift her out of the water, but was able to drag her body to shore. Boruch told investigators that the water was above the truck's windows and both he and Pergolski were submerged, according to the criminal complaint. Boruch said her tried cardiopulmonary resuscitation for about a minute and then walked to a road to get cell phone reception to call 911. Dispatchers told Boruch to perform CPR on his mother, but Boruch said CPR was not working and had stopped, according to court documents. Boruch took out life insurance and accidental death policies in the weeks before his mother died, police said. Boruch told a deputy that his mother wanted to get life insurance because she didn't want her son to be burdened with school loans and other expenses if she died, according to the criminal complaint. Boruch also told investigators that his mother wanted accidental death coverage because she would be driving to Madison to visit him at school, police said. According to court documents: • Boruch took out a $250,000 insurance policy on May 3 with Farmer's Life. The policy would only pay $50,000 because 30 days had not passed since the policy was taken. • Boruch took out a $300,000 accidental death insurance policy on May 27 with Fidelity Life. • Boruch took out a $500,000 accidental death policy on May 11 from American General Life insurance. • Boruch updated his insurance with Geico for his 1999 GMC truck to add Pergolski as an additional driver of the vehicle. Boruch admitted to investigators after the crash that the recent insurance policies looked suspicious. "Actually, it's kind of ironic that it happened that way," Boruch told a deputy, according to the complaint. Members of the Madison Police Swat team were at the scene as a precaution and the serious nature of the allegations against Boruch, DeSpain said. Lincoln County Sheriff Jeff Jaeger during a news conference Tuesday morning announces that Chase Boruch, 24, will be charged with first-degree intentional homicide for the murder of his mother Sally Pergolski, 63. Boruch could appear in court as soon as Wednesday. Lincoln County Sheriff Jeff Jaeger during a news conference Tuesday morning announces that Chase Boruch, 24, will be charged with first-degree intentional homicide for the murder of his mother Sally Pergolski, 63. Boruch could appear in court as soon as Wednesday.(Corey Schjoth/Wausau Daily Herald) File downloads Chase Boruch criminal complaint Community reacts to the arrest of Chase Boruch Photos: Arrest of Chase Boruch
News that Wausau native Chase Boruch is accused of killing his mother shocked those who knew him as an active college student who excelled in school.
"He was a bright student with a great future ahead of him," said Nolan "Whiz" Beck, who knew Boruch while Boruch was a student at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County in Wausau. "And to go through something like this is sad." Beck, who served as assistant campus dean for student services for UWMC and is now on medical leave, said he was never aware of any indications that Boruch was troubled or had inclinations toward violent behavior. Beck said Boruch was involved in student activities and was motivated to succeed after he returned from a military deployment in Iraq. "He was very dedicated to his schooling, and he was trying to do the very best he could," Beck said. "He had a lot of associates on campus. He was involved in many endeavors, and he seemed to have a lot of support from students, particularly other veterans." Boruch served as a leader in the college's student council and helped launch a campus veterans club where other students who had served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars would find support. He was a student at UWMC from 2007 to the spring of 2010, according to college officials. In May, Boruch earned an associate degree of arts and sciences from UWMC. He then used credits from UWMC and Northcentral Technical College to transfer to UW-Madison in the fall. Wausau Daily Herald archived reports revealed that Boruch was on the UWMC dean's list with high honors in March 2008 with a grade point average of 3.75 to 3.99 and then again was featured on the dean's list in August 2008 with a GPA of 3.75 to 3.99. In 2008, Boruch was awarded the James Mealey Memorial Scholarship. In high school, Boruch also had a strong interest in learning about investments and stocks, Lenard said. After high school graduation, Boruch served as an Army Reserve specialist in the 220th Transportation Company in Iraq for two years. An official with the National Guard Armory confirmed Boruch's service with the Army Reserve but could not confirm exact dates of his deployment to Iraq. Chase Boruch accused of killing his mother for insurance money Video: Boruch charged with homicide in mom's death Wausau native Chase Boruch held on $2 million bond in mother's death, charged with homicide Iraq war veteran killed mother, claimed she drowned, investigators conclude
At a preliminary court hearing Wednesday, UW junior Chase Boruch was slapped with a $2 million bail.
Lincoln County prosecutors said Boruch deserved the high-priced bond because of the life insurance policy taken out shortly before his mother's suspicious death. Boruch, a Wausau native who transferred to Madison from UW-Marathon County, is being held in Lincoln County on charges of murdering his mother, Sally Pergolski, on June 6 in Northern Wisconsin. Additionally, the search turned up a letter from UW-MC telling Boruch he could not appeal a decision to cut off his financial aid. Earlier this week, Madison police collaborated with Lincoln County officials to arrest Boruch at his apartment on the 300 block of West Washington Avenue. Before coming to UW, Boruch was a student leader at UW-MC and President of UW Colleges' Student Governance Council. In a message to The Badger Herald, Nicole Polahar, who served under Boruch as Vice President of the SGC, said Boruch was always "very put together and professional."
Chase Boruch, 24, was brought in on charges of first-degree intentional homicide at his apartment on the 300 block of West Washington Avenue, according to a report from the Madison Police Department.
The Rhinelander Daily News reported in June that Boruch had told police he was in the car with his mother but he managed to escape. The newspaper also reported that Boruch had told cops he had been able to get Pergolski out of the car but could not resuscitate her. Officials in Lincoln County, who were not available for comment as of press time, called the incident suspicious shortly after Pergolski's death, and brought in the state Department of Criminal Investigation to help look into a possible homicide case. Boruch began attending UW-Madison this fall. He transferred to Madison with credits from North-Central Technical College and UW-Marathon County, both located in Wausau. He served as president of the University of Wisconsin Colleges Student Governance Council as recently as 2009. As President of the SGC, Boruch's responsibilities included negotiating student and administrative policy with officials from the UW Colleges and students from other UW Colleges. He was a veteran of the Iraq War, serving there as early as 2005, and is believed to have had an interest in psychology.