My name is April Estling, I’m 38 years old, and I am born and raised in northeast Iowa. While I spent a majority of my life in Oelwein, we have lived in Maynard for 8 years now. I’m a single mom of two boys, one in Heaven and one here on Earth. My boys, Kaiden and Amir, are my world and come before anything or anyone. We were like the Three Muskateer’s, going to do fun things, our Wednesday night youth groups at church, taking Kaiden to see WWE events annually, trips to Adventureland,camping. I loved watching Kaiden play football and basketball every year, starting with soccer when that was his only option as he was younger. Usually if there was one of us, there was all three of us. But that all came to an abrupt halt on the the night of Thursday June 28th, 2018.
Survivor and Marsy's Law for Wisconsin State Chair Teri Jendusa Nicolai: "I was divorced from an abusive husband who tried to murder me. Going through the justice system, I didn't really have much of a voice."
Survivor Amy Ressel: “I went through the military trial system, but it was still a justice system and it didn’t go well for me… Had I gotten to do it again, I’d never had said anything.”
Marsy's Law for Wisconsin County Chair Cheryl: “Marsy's Law for Wisconsin matters. It matters to those victims. It matters to the victims' families. And it matters to those people who may become a victim."
Survivor Fiona Wakefield: “Marsy's Law is going to protect and serve a lot of people who are in situations similar to mine. You're not going to be left in the dark. You're not going to be thrown to the side or forgotten about.”
Walworth County Sheriff Kurt Picknell: "We feel very passionate about Marsy's Law and here in Wisconsin, the Badger State Sheriff's Association fully supports this legislation."
Chief Andrew Rose: “Marsy’s Law restores the balance in the criminal justice system and restores the voice for victims of crime in Wisconsin.”
Survivor Christina Traub: “The justice system is failing to provide victims with the rights that they’re afforded… I do feel like I’ve been victimized again.”