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9 arrests of state employees in 2 of 4 deaths at Waupun Correctional Institute | By Dodge Co. Sheriff

June 5, 2024 – Dodge Co., Wi – This afternoon, June 5, 2024, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference regarding four prison deaths that occurred since June 29, 2023, at Waupun Correctional Institution, a State of Wisconsin Prison, which is located in Dodge County.

As part of that press conference, it was announced nine State of Wisconsin Employees have been arrested in connection with two of the four deaths. After consultation with the Dodge County District Attorney’s Office, no charges will be filed at this time in the other two deaths.

The press conference can be viewed in its entirety on the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Facebook and YouTube channels or at this link: https://fb.watch/swrDykkNAS/

The following individuals have all been arrested for the following offenses:

Abuse of Residents of Penal Facilities – Wisconsin Statute 940.29 – Class I Felony
• Gwendolyn Peachey (Vick) – Age 50 of Burnett – Registered Nurse
• Brandon Fisher – Age 29 of Fox Lake – Correctional Lieutenant – 2 Counts
• Tanner Leopold – Age 27 of Waupun – Correctional Sergeant
• Jamall Russel – Age 39 of Beaver Dam – Correctional Officer
• Alexander Hollfelder – Age 31 of Waupun – Correctional Sergeant
• Jessica Hosfelt – Age 47 of Oshkosh – Registered Nurse

Misconduct in Public Office – Wisconsin Statute 946.12(1) – Class I Felony
• Jamall Russel – Age 39 of Beaver Dam – Correctional Officer
• Sarah Ransbottom – Age 35 of Oshkosh – Correctional Officer
• Jeramie Chalker – Age 41 of Brandon – Correctional Sergeant
• Randall Hepp – Waupun Correctional Institution Warden

As a reminder, all persons are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
No further information will be released at this time by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office. A full copy of the Criminal Complaints can be obtained by contacting the Dodge County Clerk of Courts Office.

Questions may be directed to Sheriff Dale J. Schmidt


  1. I’ve said it for years – a lot of these government employees are COMPLETELY sadistic.

    Believe me – these ex-Correctional employees won’t exactly receive a “Warm Welcome” from the other inmates!

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