A group of Democratic politicians told Wisconsion Governor Tony Evers, in writing, that they want a man who spent 7 years in the Wisconsin Prison System for almost killing a family of three and himself while driving drunk, pardoned. Wisconsin State Representative Tod Ohnstad (D) (65), Wisconsin State Representative Tip McGuire (D) (64), and Kenosha Alderman Anthony Kennedy (D) (10) all wrote letters lobbying him to absolve Seaver for three felony convictions for Injury by Intoxicated Use of a Motor Vehicle.
On August 9, 2007 at around 3:02 am Sgt. David Zoerner of the Kenosha Sheriff’s Department had a prisoner in the back of his squad car. He was on the way to the jail when he noticed a man driving a Maroon Buick and was all over the road hitting curbs and almost striking a building. Zoerner activated his squad lights and pulled over the driver, Daniel Seaver of Kenosha. He couldn’t leave his squad, as per department policy, but he called for backup. The backup officer performed standardized field sobriety, in which he failed. He blew a .23 which is 3 times the legal limit in Wisconsin. He was found Guilty on February 19, 2008, and ordered to pay $747.50 and had his license revoked for six months. Luckily, no one was hurt… This time.
On December 17, 2008, an Illinois family was driving back to their home traveling through Kenosha County in the 10400 block of US 45 after a day of Christmas shopping. They were James, Geraldine and Morgan Veinotte. Morgan was only 10 years old, and her grandparents James and Geraldine were 64 and 54, respectively. Unfortunately for this family, the upcoming Christmas holiday would be spent in the ICU fighting for their lives. Daniel Seaver was driving the same Maroon Buick from 18 months ago. He was also driving again, at three times the legal limit. He veered into the oncoming lane and struck the Veinotte’s red Dodge Caravan head on with both vehicles traveling about 55 miles per hour.
Deputies responded to the scene after multiple 9-1-1 calls. The first deputy to respond noticed that Mrs. Veinotte’s leg had a compound fracture and part of her leg bone had snapped and tore through her flesh and pants. Her husband James was trapped and had blood coming out of his head and on his arms. Morgan, the 10-year-old in the back was crying and screaming in pain, she had broken bones on her face. She had blood pouring from her facial wounds and broke her wrist. Deputies made contact with Seaver who said he “had a few beers.” At the hospital, he told deputies “I’m fucked anyway… I made a really bad choice and drank and drove and now a family is dead.” They were not dead, but the severity of their injuries must have made him believe that. All four, including Seaver were transported via flight for life to Milwaukee. The adults to Froedert, and the child the Children’s Hospital. Thankfully, all four survived this terrible tragedy, but their emotional wounds don’t seem to be healed. All three members of the family have permanent scars and injuries from that night. KCE made contact but the family but they did not want to give statements.
On our about December 15, 2021, Seaver applied to the Governor’s pardon board asking for all three felonies to be pardoned. If pardoned, he would have have his firearm rights restored and could hold public office. That is exactly what he wants to do. He wants to run for Alderman against Rollin Pizzala.
Seaver is the Executive Director of Kenosha Pride, the extremist group that hosted a youth drag show weeks ago. The fact that Seaver is a social justice warrior and LGBT activist seems to be his only points in his letter to the Governor.
Among his application for a pardon, he has letters of support from, Sean Young, Vice President Kenosha Pride, The LGBT Center of Wisconsin Director Barb Farrar, Jerry Gulley, the late County Board Supervisor, a couple of co-workers, and his Mother and Father. However, three high-profile democrats wrote letters also. State Rep. Ohnstad wrote “Dan has aspirations into the social services field to help the vulnerable populations in our community while also showing interest in running for public office….It is my sincere hope Dan will be granted a pardon….” McGuire didn’t seem to know exactly what Seaver did on December 17, 2008, writing “Dan’s criminal conviction occurred in 2008 when he regrettably made the decision to get behind the wheel while intoxicated and this causing permanent injury to an innocent bystander.” Seaver permanently injured four people, not just one. His convictions were in 2009, not 2008. He later in the letter wrote “I am confident in this process and hope you all see what I see in Dan and grant this pardon.” Finally, Kenosha Alderman Anthony Kennedy wrote “I did not know Dan before he came to Kenosha, WI and I cannot speak to his past” and later “I am in full support of Mr. Seaver’s efforts to receive a pardon…” All of the letters of recommendation seem to focus around one thing, Seaver’s activist with Kenosha Pride. Will that be enough for Tony Evers?
KCE Reached out to McGuire, Ohnstad and Kennedy. We didn’t hear back.
Judge Opposes Pardon
Kenosha’s Branch 2 Circuit Court Judge and District 2’s Chief Judge, Jason Rossell opposes the pardon, stating on the application “Oppose. This case is accountable prior for OWI law which is designed to promote public safety. “
A pardon can take many months or years for a decision. We will update our readers when we hear more.