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Man who forced cancellation of Sparta graduation now back in Wisconsin

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Booking photo of Benjamin Sidie courtesy of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. Booking photo of Benjamin Sidie courtesy of the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.
Sparta, WI (WXOW) -

The man accused of making threats to shoot family members then die in a 'suicide by cop' which led to the cancellation of Sparta High School's graduation last month is now back in Wisconsin.

Benjamin M. Sidie, 41, is now in the Monroe County Jail following extradition proceedings in Iowa. He was arrested in Dubuque, Iowa on May 28. 

He's being held on a warrant from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. 

Charges are still under consideration related to the threats made that forced the postponement of the May 25 graduation ceremonies. 

According to Sparta Police, text messages from Sidie to his estranged wife threatened to kill her at the graduation. He also texted that he would not be taken alive. 

Based on those threats, and the fact that authorities considered Sidie armed and dangerous, the district and police decided to delay graduation.

Following Sidie's arrest in Iowa, the district held graduation on June 1. 


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