JUNEAU – A 48-year-old man charged with attempting to hire a hit man to kill a Mondovi woman was bound over for trial Thursday.

William E. Ziemer has been charged with attempted first degree intentional homicide.

If convicted, he faces up to 60 years in prison.

Ziemer is currently in custody serving a sentence at Stanley Correctional Institution.

According to the criminal complaint, Ziemer was in Dodge County Jail in July 2012. A confidential informant for the U.S. Department of Justice – Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told agents that Zeimer was trying to enlist the informant to kill the woman over a prior financial dispute.

The complaint states the informant told Ziemer that he had someone who could help him accomplish his goals. The informant explained that if Zeimer wanted the woman killed quickly, he should use the code “get them a plane ticket.” If he wanted the woman killed slowly, he should use the code “get them a bus ticket.”

According to the complaint, the woman said that she had received several threatening letters and phone calls from Ziemer while he was in jail.

The complaint states that one of the agents told the informant to call the other agent at a prearranged date and time to work out the arrangements. During the prearranged call, Ziemer explained to the person he thought was a contract killer that he wanted a female friend to be given a plane ticket after she had signed over certain documents related to the dispute. Ziemer made reference to payment after the job was done using the proceeds from the resolution of the dispute.

According to the complaint, Ziemer described the woman’s house and provided her address and suggestions as to where the agent should park. More than a week later, Ziemer asked to speak to the hit man again to confirm that the job was done and to change where he wanted the documents sent.

He has previously been in jail on burglary and theft charges. In September 2012, Ziemer was sentenced to seven years of incarceration in Polk County for burglary of a building or dwelling.

An arraignment was scheduled for Feb. 26.

tpruett@capitalnewspapers.com

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