Iraq war veteran Chase Boruch
accused of killing mom, Sally Pergolski of Wausau
, 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.
told authorities that he
was able to escape from the vehicle and called 911 before pulling his
Investigators later learned that Boruch
took out several insurance polices on his mother shortly before her death, Jaeger said.
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.
is a Wausau East High School
and Horace Mann Middle School graduate.
A fishing trip gone bad
told investigators that he
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.
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didn't remember crashing through a gate or cable, but was alerted when she
yelled "this is going to kill us."
said the truck went into the water and he
tried to push Pergolski out his
door, according to court documents.
said Pergolski became unresponsive and he
was initially unable to lift her
out of the water, but was able to drag her
body to shore.
told investigators that the water was above the truck's windows and both he
and Pergolski were submerged, according to the criminal complaint.
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.
took out life insurance and accidental death policies in the weeks before his
mother died, police said.
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.
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:
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.
took out a $300,000 accidental death insurance policy on May 27 with Fidelity Life.
took out a $500,000 accidental death policy on May 11 from American General Life insurance.
updated his insurance with Geico for his 1999 GMC truck to add Pergolski as an additional driver of the vehicle.
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.
could appear in court as soon as Wednesday.(Corey Schjoth/Wausau Daily Herald)
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