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Second teenager charged in death of Lincoln Hills guard Corey Proulx

Second teenager charged in death of Lincoln Hills guard Corey Proulx


Rian Nyblom, 17, faces a charge of being a party to the crime of felony murder. Nyblom provided the balm that was used to attack a female guard.

MERRILL − Prosecutors filed charges against a second teenager Thursday in the death of a correctional officer at Lincoln Hills School and an attack on a second employee at a Wisconsin youth prison.

Rian Nyblom, 17, faces charges of participation in the crimes of felony murder under special circumstances and two counts of battery by a prisoner. During Nyblom’s initial appearance Thursday, Lincoln County Judge Galen Bayne-Allison set Nyblom’s $20,000 cash bond and ordered him to have no contact with the victims, their family members, Lincoln Hills School and the Lincoln Hills staff.

On Wednesday, 16-year-old Javarius Hurd was charged as an adult with second-degree reckless homicide, felony murder and two counts of battery by prisoners in the death of 49-year-old Lincoln Hills guard Corey Proulx School for Boys.

Nyblom is being held at the Lincoln County Jail, according to a news release from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the criminal complaint, on the evening of June 24, Hurd threw a cup of what he believed to be soap in the face of a 25-year-old female security guard who was sitting inside the Krueger Living unit in the lower living room and in the yard area. . Hurd then attacked the guard and punched her repeatedly in the upper body and face, according to the complaint.

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Hurd ran into the yard where other youths were and Proulx followed to stop him. When Proulx approached Hurd, Hurd punched him several times, according to the complaint. Proulx fell to the ground and hit his head on the pavement. Hurd then climbed onto a basketball hoop and sat on the hoop overlooking the court.

A helicopter took Proulx to a hospital where he died the next day, according to the complaint.

Hurd told investigators he planned to attack the woman and asked Nyblom to get him a cup of soap, according to the complaint.

Nyblom told investigators Hurd was upset after receiving the outcome of a complaint he filed against the female guard, according to the criminal complaint.

Nyblom said around 7:30 p.m. on June 24, she was getting her medication when she asked for a cup of soap. Lincoln Hills staff keep shower products in a cubicle and provide them to youth as needed. Nyblom received a cup of soap and a cup of conditioner from the staff. The female victim asked Nyblom about taking a shower earlier in the day, but Nyblom told her he had been playing basketball and was going to shower again, according to the complaint.

Nyblom washed her hair with soap but did not use the conditioner she had received from the staff. Around 7:40 p.m., Nyblom sat down next to Hurd in the downstairs room and placed the glass of conditioner on a chair, according to the complaint. Hurd took the cup, hid it in another cup he already had, and he and Nyblom both went outside and played basketball.

Nyblom said he knows why Hurd wanted the conditioner. They came up with a plan to attack the first victim early in the day, but abandoned the first plan, according to the complaint. Then they came up with the idea of ​​using the conditioner to “spray” the conditioner on the guard and then start swinging without warning.

Around 7:45 p.m., the victim was standing inside the door and told Nyblom and Hurd to come inside. Hurd went in first and Nyblom heard him swinging because he could hear staff keys and other youths yelling, according to the complaint. Nyblom said Hurd took off and ran to the other end of the yard.

Nyblom said Hurd tried to pull herself to the top of the basketball hoop, but he passed her and then dropped her. When Hurd let go, he began swinging at Proulx and continued swinging until Proulx fell.

Nyblom said he saw Proulx hit his head on the concrete and then lay there. He also saw that the female guard had a bloody nose.

An ambulance took the woman to Aspirus Merrill Hospital where she was treated and later released.

Hurd has a conference call on July 3 and Nyblom has one on July 11.

Contact Karen Madden at 715-345-2245 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @KMadden715, Instagram @kmadden715 or Facebook at www.facebook.com/karen.madden.33.