Mikal Wilde, Convicted of Killing One of His Workers on a Marijuana Farm in 2010, Dead After Apparent Suicide
According to a spokesperson for the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Indiana, where Wilde was housed, he “was found unresponsive in his cell on Friday, September 22, 2017, at approximately 11:30 a.m. Upon discovery staff began life saving measures. Mr. Wilde was transported to a local hospital for continued treatment. Mr. Wilde remained at the local hospital until he was pronounced dead by hospital staff on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at approximately 5:00 p.m.”
According to an AP article, “Wilde apparently hanged himself in his cell.”
A statement by the US Federal Attorney in 2015 after Wilde was found guilty, stated that Wilde, a marijuana grower, had a falling out with his workers, and on August 25, 2010 attempted to shoot two. According to the press release,
Wilde shot Mr. [Fernando] Lopez-Paz in the face, but he survived, hiding in the woods all night until he found help the following morning. Wilde shot Mr. [Mario Roberto]Juarez-Madrid three times and hunted him down. The final shot was a contact wound to the back of Mr. Juarez-Madrid’s head. The third worker, Christopher Bigelow, also fled into the woods and hid until he was found by a jogger the following morning.
When Mario Roberto Juarez-Madrid was killed, he left two minor children and a wife in his home country of Guatemala, according to an article in the Times Standard.
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Note: Members of the Wilde family are dear to the heart of this reporter.