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Wisconsin Man Accused Of Murdering Grandparents Who Took Him In As A Teen

Robert and Bonnie Rosolowski, both in their 70s and active members of their community, were gunned down, allegedly by grandson Adam Rosolowski and two teenagers.

By Daniel Egitto
Man Allegedly Murdered Grandparents Who Took Him In

A Wisconsin man accused of killing his grandparents, who took him in as a teenager, has pleaded not guilty.

Adam Rosolowski, 21, was arrested the night of June 6 after a police chase in rural Wisconsin, according to a probable cause statement obtained by local outlet WQOW. He appeared to have blood on his pants at the time and was accompanied by two teenagers.

Rosolowski originally told deputies that one of the teens with him had shot his grandparents, Robert and Bonnie Rosolowski, because the teen wanted their truck, authorities said. The teens, meanwhile, claimed Rosolowski had shot his grandmother in the head – a charge that Rosolowski allegedly admitted to at the time.

Rosolowski allegedly said he did this because his grandparents “messed up” his life, according to local outlet WEAU-13.

While at the grandparents’ house, the suspects also allegedly stole clothes, a speaker and a truck, local outlet WIProud reports.

The suspects were all charged with two counts of premeditated murder, one count of armed burglary, one count of armed auto theft, two counts of stealing movable property and one count of causing more than $2,500 in damage to property, according to an online criminal case search.

All three suspects pleaded not guilty to all counts on Tuesday, WEAU-13 reports.

Rosolowski had lived with his grandparents as a teenager, and had been charged with stealing their car, a gun and some money in 2018, according to court records obtained by WQOW. Robert and Bonnie Rosolowski were well respected members of their community, active in their church and local community groups, according to obituaries published in local newspaper The Ladysmith News.

Robert, 73, was a veteran, a deacon, a firefighter, a town board member and vice president of the local Alcoholics Anonymous group, according to his obituary.

Bonnie, 70, was a postal worker, vice president of a local cemetery association, a coordinator in her church and a member of the American Legion, according to her obituary.

“These are two really wonderful and kind people. I can’t understand this being done to them,” family friend Rebecca Plantz told local newspaper The Star News.

Rosolowski is being held on $1 million bond, while the other two suspects are being held on $500,000 bonds. 

Rosolowski's public defender did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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