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To the State of Wisconsin and its legislatures: Change the law! Voluntary intoxication cannot be an excuse for Murder-(Strangulation)


My pregnant daughter was brutally murdered and raped- Please support AB 780

Being drunk is NOT an excuse for taking lives, and people who do horrible things under the influence still must be held accountable. In this case it was strangulation.

We need to have Wisconsin amend the statute 939.42 (paragraph 2) to remove voluntary intoxication as a defense accepted in court for capital crimes such as murder. Please amend this immediately for current cases as well as future cases.

The Wisconsin State Statute chapter 939 Crimes General Provision Subchapter III Defense to Criminal Liability 939.42 Intoxication law MUST be changed. Alcohol cannot be an excuse for murder!

     I plead with you today with all my heart.   I ask that you carefully think about my plea and put yourself in my place.  On August 19, 2012, Brian Cooper viciously ended the life of my daughter Alisha and my granddaughter Ava Lucille.  During the trial, I sat quietly, putting my faith in the judicial system.  I had no doubt in my mind that Brian Cooper would spend the rest of his life in prison.  Well, the system failed my daughter, granddaughter, my family, and my community. 

     My daughter was everything to me.  We shared a special bond.  It was indescribable.  Not many people have the mother- daughter relationship we had.  I still can’t believe she’s gone and that I will never see her beautiful face again, hear her laughter, or see that smile that lights up a room.  I wake up every day and think about her fighting for her life and her daughter Ava’s life.  I can’t stop thinking about how scared she was, how her head was beaten and how she couldn’t breathe.  Every mother wants to protect her child and I was not able to do this.  Never in a million years did I think that on the night of his own sister’s wedding that someone could be so evil to take two lives. 

      At my daughter’s funeral, I made a promise to her that I would not stop fighting for justice for her until Brian Cooper was in jail for the rest of his life.  I have gone to every motion hearing and plan to do the same the next time around.  I will never give up.  I will do whatever it takes to help get justice and make Brian Cooper held accountable for destroying and stealing my daughter and granddaughter’s future.  My daughter has no voice.  During the trial, we heard Brian Cooper speak and most of his statements were lies.  It’s time that Alisha’s story is told.  This evil man manipulated my daughter by using his authority of being her boss.  Alisha felt if she didn’t attend the wedding that it would negatively affect her hours at work.  His position at work allowed him to manipulate young women under his supervision.  He had been her supervisor since she was sixteen.  Alisha put her trust in the wrong person.  She will never be a mother.  She was so excited about becoming a mother and he stole her future in a matter of minutes.      

      At about two in the morning, after attending his sister’s wedding and reception, Cooper jumped on top of Alisha while she was sleeping, put his hands around her neck and squeezed as hard as he could until she stopped breathing.  Alisha fought back, and in her last moments, she pleaded for her baby’s life.  The tragedy didn’t end there.  After killing them, he undressed Alisha and raped her.  To hear at the trial that Brian Cooper planned for two to three hours, prepping to kill Alisha and Ava, was unbearable to hear.  To see her lifeless body is something that I will never be able to forget.  To know that this whole process is starting over again with a second trial haunts me every single day.

     The morning after he killed my daughter and granddaughter, Cooper called 911 to confess to what he had done.  He stated “no this was not an accident, it was intentional.”  He also confessed numerous times on hours of interview footage, which was also shown and played for the jury, saying over and over again that it was intentional.  He confessed about having spy cameras in his home in Plainfield, IL. and his hotel bathroom in Door County in order to capture Alisha’s naked body.  During his confession, he gives clear distinctive significant detail on what he did to Alisha.  He even talked about “owning” up to what he had done.  It was a SHOCK that he even went to trial and did not plead guilty.

     Cooper was charged with two counts of first degree intentional homicide and one count of third degree sexual assault.  He was found guilty at his first trial that began June 17, 2013 of the sexual assault.  (Case number 2012 CF 000109)    It was never a trial to see if Cooper committed these murderous acts, but a trial to see if he was too drunk to form intent.  Although he used his level of intoxication as a defense, which no level was ever proven, I Never imagined that any level-headed individual could find Cooper was too drunk to form intent. 

     After several hours of deliberating, we were told that the jury was unable to make a unanimous decision on the two counts of murder.  The end result was 10-2 in favor of guilty on both counts.  With all the evidence presented it was horrifying and disappointing that is was not a unanimous verdict.  I have been waiting for the last year to start to heal.  My two children, ages 13 and 9, deserve closure and had to be told that the person who killed their sister will not spend the rest of his life in prison. 

     Being drunk is no excuse for murder.  When one chooses to drink, it is their own responsibility to be accountable/liable for what they did while being intoxicated.  I beg you to amend Wisconsin Statute 939.42 (paragraph 2) and remove voluntary intoxication as a defense accepted in court for capital crimes like murder.  Please amend this immediately for current cases as well as future cases. 

     It is very disheartening to learn that in Wisconsin you can use intoxication as a defense for murder.    Wisconsin State Statute chapter 939 Crimes General Provision Subchapter III Defense to Criminal Liability 939.42 Intoxication.   This statute allows murderers like Brian Cooper to escape justice and sets a horrible precedent for other criminals.  Please help me get justice for my precious angels.  I have started a memorial page in memory of Alisha and Ava.  If you want to see my beautiful daughter and her family and friends, her webpage is


Sherry Anicich

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