An evil man with the word “SIN” tattooed on his head, an upside down crucifix on his forehead, and teardrops under his eyes, has been sentenced to only three years in prison from arguably the toughest judge in Wisconsin, Bruce Schroeder. The sentence was for two felony case files.
The first case from August 25, 2020 – the night Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two men and injured a third in self defense during the Kenosha riots. Ziminski shot his pistol in the air, minutes before Rittenhouse would shoot and kill Joseph Rosenbaum. Ziminski was also accused of arson on the same night.
Kenosha Police asked the Kenosha DA, Michael Graveley (D), to charge Ziminski with (1) Second Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, (2) Resisting/Obstructing an Officer, (3) Disorderly Conduct, (4) Bail-Jumping, and (5) Arson. Graveley’s office charged Ziminski with only one count of misdemeanor Disorderly Conduct. Only after community outrage did the office add felony arson to the charges.
The second case was from almost exactly two years later, while out on bond for the arson case. On August 26, 2022, at about 2:00 am, a Kenosha Patrol Officer encountered a 54-year-old man, the victim in this case. He told police that two men and a woman he knew as “Bonnie” just robbed him. “Bonnie” is Kelly Ziminski’s porn star name. He said he met Kelly a week before and she cleaned his home for money. The victim told police that he heard a knock at his door at about 1:20 am that night and it was Kelly. She asked to use the bathroom and he allowed her in, but then Joshua and a third man followed her in. Joshua then grabbed the man at knife-point and demanded all the man’s money in the home. The man told Joshua that he didn’t have any money in the home but had some in his bank. Joshua then put the knife to the man’s back and pushed him outside into a full-sized GMC. The man tried to dial 9-1-1 but Joshua took the phone away. They demanded the man’s PIN number and ATM card. They then proceeded to drive to Lou Perrine’s, Speedway, Kwik Trip, and Chase – all on Washington Rd. Each time, the transaction failed. They ended up back at Lou Perrine’s. The man then escaped at the gas station even with the men trying to stop him. The victim was able to pick Ziminski out of a photo lineup. Ziminski and the other man threatened to kill the man and bury him where no one would find him. The Ziminskis told police that the reason for their actions is that the man raped Kelly.
Both Joshua Ziminski and Kelly Ziminski faced almost identical charges for both cases. On May 30, 2023, Kenosha County Prosecutor T. Clair Binger dismissed all of the criminal charges from August 25, 2020, for Mr. Ziminski. He made a plea deal with Ziminski that included both of these felony files. That same day, Ziminski plead guilty to one count of armed robbery and one count of armed burglary. Dismissed, but read-in, were the following charges:
Felony Intimidation of a Victim
Felony False Imprisonment
Felony Unauthorized Use of an Individual’s Personal Identifying Information or Documents
Felony Bail Jumping
Disorderly Conduct – Use of a Dangerous Weapon
Obstructing an Officer
During his sentencing recommendation, Binger brought something to light that the public was previously not made aware of. He said he said that Joshua Ziminski had admitted to investigators that he ran a side business in which he would buy guns for other felons for a $100 or $150 profit. At least four of these guns were used in crimes, including one murder in Kenosha – that of Malik Boyd at the Rain Bar.
Judge Schroeder said that these new facts would not sway his sentence. A spokesman with the Kenosha Police Department said that they referred these allegations to the United States Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). The United States Attorney of the Eastern District of Wisconsin decided against charging Ziminski.
Binger recommended that Ziminski be given five years in prison. Ziminski and his wife initially faced over 50 years in prison each. Due to the plea deal, the sentence was capped at 20 years in prison. Schroeder only gave Ziminski three years in prison. His wife Kelly received the same sentence.