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2 felony charges filed in River Hills beating

Dec. 15, 2009

Two teens, including the son of the Milwaukee chamber of commerce president, were charged Tuesday with felony substantial battery on accusations of beating up a third teen at a parent-supervised Halloween party in River Hills.

Charged are Ian Bautz of Shorewood and Ryan Sheehy of Fox Point. Sheehy is the son of Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

Bautz and Sheehy allegedly punched and kicked Gard Pecor of Fox Point, leaving him with a broken jaw that was wired shut for six weeks and a broken nose, according to a Milwaukee County Circuit Court criminal complaint.

Bautz, Sheehy and Pecor are 17 and high school students.

Bautz attends Shorewood High; Sheehy formerly attended Nicolet High School in Glendale and now attends St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield; and Pecor attends Nicolet High.

According to the complaint, Pecor said he left the party, held at a home in the 1200 block of W. Dean Road, shortly after midnight Nov. 1 to turn off a light in his car. He said he was attacked from behind by Bautz and that Bautz and Sheehy punched and kicked him, the complaint says.

Pecor said, according to the complaint, that Bautz and Sheehy told him they did so because they blamed him for the expulsion of a friend.

It is not clear, however, whether the friend was expelled from Nicolet.

Police initially issued municipal tickets to Bautz and Sheehy, but later sought criminal charges after learning the extent of Pecor's injuries.

The charge carries a maximum prison term of 3 1/2 years.

Tim Sheehy said Tuesday: "As a family, we're deeply concerned and sorry. We love our son. We're going to stay with him through the process."

Ryan Sheehy's lawyer, Dudley Williams, and Bautz's lawyer, John Birdsall, declined to comment.

Pecor's family has also hired an attorney, Michael Sperling. He could not be reached.

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