$10,000 Reward Offered in Wrongful Conviction Case

by | Dec 14, 2015 | 0 comments

Madison, Wisconsin—A $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer of Sarah Gonstead murdered in 1994.
Penny Brummer was convicted of killing Gonstead despite no weapon, no forensic evidence, no motive, and literally no evidence of any kind tying Brummer to the undetermined crime scene. It has long been postulated that bigotry played a big part in Penny’s conviction.

Nancy Brummer, mother of Penny, and advocates including John Pray of the Wisconsin Innocence Project will hold a press conference on:

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
10:00 A.M.
Front of the Dane County Courthouse
215 S. Hamilton Street, Madison, Wisconsin

The charge was first-degree intentional homicide and Brummer has been in prison since October 1994, serving a life sentence. Advocates are challenging the integrity of the conviction and the police investigation, and have set up a new toll-free number, (800) 407-1178, for tipsters seeking the $10,000 reward.

“The Madison Police and Dane County Sheriff’s Office wanted somebody to clear an unsolved murder, so they concocted a theory about jealousy among lesbians and used Penny,” said Nancy Brummer, mother of Penny. “In their ignorance, they just wanted another lesbian off the streets, everyone went along. This would not happen today, we are hopeful, that 21 years later, people will emerge as heroes and correct this wrongful conviction.”

Said Rikki Glen, a Dane County private investigator looking into the case, “Penny Brummer is a sweet woman, who went out bar-hopping with her friend, was judged guilty by the police and is now serving a life sentence for a crime committed by a murderer still at large.”

Brummer has been represented by the Wisconsin Innocence Project since 2007 in attempts to find new evidence. Brummer’s case is the subject of a book, Who Killed Sarah, A True Story of Injustice by Sheila and Doug Berry.

A good prosecutor is one “who seeks truth,” said the eminent 20th century jurist Robert Jackson. Advocates are optimistic that truth will be found in Dane County for Penny Brummer and Sarah Gonstead.

Article Tags

Rutabaga - Summer
Out in the Park 2022

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rutabaga - Summer
Out in the Park 2022

Latest News

Know Your Candidates

Know Your Candidates

The Human Rights Campaign of Wisconsin, Fair Wisconsin Education Fund, and a coalition of LGBTQ+ and allied organizations held a forum with the candidates in the Wisconsin US Senate Democratic Primary.

Role-Modelesque

Role-Modelesque

Expressing themself through the art of drag, Jason Luu’s persona Melee has been elevating Asian drag representation in Milwaukee and beyond.

Pyramid: A full-circle story

Pyramid: A full-circle story

Childhood friends Jillian Macson and Eli Wedel co-own Pyramid Event Venue—a boutique performance and event venue in Lake Mills—where locals and out-of-towners alike are treated to delicious pizza and fabulous entertainment.

Apathy is our Enemy

Apathy is our Enemy

After the fall of Roe v. Wade, attorney Michele L. Perreault warns that there’s a real possibility that Obergefell v. Hodges will, too. It’s time to vote like our lives depended upon it.

The First Gay Rights State

The First Gay Rights State

Fourty years ago, Republican Governor Lee Dreyfus signed Assembly Bill 70 into law, making Wisconsin the first state in the nation providing anti-discrimination protections for gay, lesbian, and bisexual people in housing, employment, and public accommodations.

Telling Our Own Stories for 15 Years

Telling Our Own Stories for 15 Years

To celebrate Our Lives’ 15th anniversary, Our Lives editors past and present speak about its early challenges, lasting relevance, and place in Wisconsin’s history of queer media.

Latest News

VIEW ALL LATEST NEWS

Vivent Health - PrEP
Atlas Counseling
2022 Magic Pride Festival
Quigley
Forward Fertility

Events

SUBMIT AN EVENT

Tue 09

Anna Album Release Party

August 9 @ 6:30 pm
Tue 09

Hamilton (Runs until 8/21)

August 9 @ 7:30 pm
Wed 10

Room to Be You(th) Group

August 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

VIEW ALL EVENTS

Jobs

SUBMIT A JOB POSTING

VIEW ALL JOBS

Popular Tags

Pin It on Pinterest