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Man accused of bringing guns to Wisconsin Capitol now free on signature bond

A man accused of bringing guns to the Wisconsin state Capitol building and demanding to see Gov. Tony Evers can go free on a signature bond but can’t come near the governor or his family until his case is resolved, a court commissioner ordered Thursday.

Joshua Pleasnick, 43, of Madison, made his initial court appearance Thursday morning on a misdemeanor charge of openly carrying a gun in a public building. Online court records show that Dane County Court Commissioner Scott McAndrew entered a not guilty plea on Pleasnick’s behalf and set a signature bond for him. Under the terms of the bond he would have to pay $500 if he misses a court date or doesn’t follow the conditions of his release.

McAndrew barred Pleasnick from possessing any type of dangerous weapon and banned him from the Capitol Square, the plaza that surrounds the Capitol building. Pleasnick’s attorney, Michael Edward Covey, said during a telephone interview after the court appearance that the Capitol Square ban includes the Capitol building itself.

Covey, Pleasnick’s attorney, said during the telephone interview that the relatively lenient bail shows the court commissioner doesn’t believe Pleasnick is a threat. Covey stressed again that Pleasnick had no intention of using his guns. He said there was reason for the no-contact order with Evers and his family but he can understand why it was put in place.

“He had no intent to harm anyone, much less the governor,” Covey said.

Deputy District Attorney William Brown told McAndrew during Thursday’s proceedings that Pleasnick was having a “mental health crisis” when he went to the Capitol building, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

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