Parole rescinded for Douglas Balsewicz after Evers intervenes

MADISON – State officials on Friday rescinded a decision to parole a man who stabbed his estranged wife more than 40 times in front of their children, an uncommon reversal sought by Gov. Tony Evers just six days before the convicted killer was eligible to leave prison.

The move came just hours after Evers implored the chairman of the Wisconsin Parole Commission to reconsider his decision to release Douglas Balsewicz more than 50 years before his sentence expired.

Evers sent the letter to Chairman John Tate following a meeting with the victim’s family, who had been asking for a conversation for days, and under heavy criticism from Republicans vying to defeat him in November.

The governor met with several relatives of Johanna Rose Balsewicz, a mother of two who was killed in 1997 at age 23 by Douglas Balsewicz — a meeting that left the victim’s daughter and sisters hopeful, they said.

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