- Published: 29 January 2013
Bobby Don Salas -420573
Recently Changed Feb 2017
Stanley Correctional Institution
100 Corrections Drive
Stanley, WI 54768-6500
State of Wisconsin v. Bobby D. Salas
Pierce County Case No. 02-CF-51
Appeal No. 04-0037-CR
District 3 Court of Appeals
Sentence: 28 years (bi-bifurcated) /18 years initial confinement/10 years extended supervision: 10 years probation (concurrent with extended supervision).
Tammy Abramson, and now Lynn Whisenant, have taken an interest in a case which they believe to be a wrongful conviction of a man who is actually innocent. Lynn is looking for the right lawyer or team willing to right this injustice, knowing there is little chance of being compensated for their work. Lynn would like to thank anyone who takes the time to read this.
Bobby Salas has been wrongfully imprisoned since 2002 for a crime that never occurred. There is a lot of "drama", lies, manipulation and corruption surrounding this case. Bobby's girlfriend, Heidi Breitbach, was a student at the University of River Falls, Wisconsin.It all began when Heidi’s roommate filed a false report stating that Bobby had brutally beaten Heidi. Since this never occurred, Breitbach filed her own report against her roommate. The manipulative roommate talked two other girls on campus into filing similar false reports. One of the women later recanted her claim prior to his trial and refused to participate in the prosecution against him.During the investigation of the alledged crime, Bobby's girlfriend became pregnant with his child and moved in with Bobby. Several months later, Bobby and Heidi broke up and she moved out. Heidi did not want Bobby to have any contact with their child.When he informed her that he would seek full custody citing that she wasn’t fit to be a parent, Heidi replied, “Yeah? Well, I have a plan to make sure that you never see my child.” Following this threat, she then contacted the detective that was investigating the false charges made earlier by her roommate. However, Heidi greatly embellished the roommates false report by adding that she had been sexually assaulted as well as being brutally beaten.
Bobby's appellate lawyer stated "Salas has already explained that Breitbach's credibility was the central issue in this case, and there were numerous reason to doubt it. She had motive to lie. She gave numerous inconsistent stories and her testimony seemed improbable at best".
Heidi had several motives to lie and a possible psychiatric problem. Bobby was the fourth man she claimed sexually assaulted her within a six year period, at exactly two years intervals, though Bobby was the only one she had formally accused.
There were many problems with other people involved in the trial. Salas' court appointed defense lawyer practiced civil, not criminal, law. Further, he did not disclose to the court that the accuser's sister was a client of his. During the jury selection, he did not object to two jurors who were the accuser's friends, nor one who was the niece of the judge.
This is a case of actual innocence where Salas was convicted of crimes that never took place. Tammy Abramson has evidence that supports his innocence, including a packet with the whole story of the case, along with the legal findings, DNA tests, and the statements that were recanted. This case involves police, prosecutorial, and judicial misconduct and venality, as well as substantial attorney misconduct and ineffectiveness.
Serving time can be much more stressful for the innocent than for the guilty. Because of the geographica distance between Bobby and his family, he has had no family visits in 4 years. Lynn is not exactly sure what can be done, but would be happy to send all of the documentation that will prove that an innocent man is sitting in prison for a crime he did not commit.