Last week, Fredrica L. Hanger was released from prison after serving a nine-year sentence.
Before the end of the day Monday he was dead, fatally shot by his brother outside his family’s home, police say.
Hanger, 33, died after being shot at about 7 p.m. Monday on the 1300 block of East Wilson Street, according to Barry Irmen, director of operations for the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office.
His brother, 39-year-old Bonnell Hanger, was arrested Monday night on a tentative charge of being a felon in possession of a gun, police said.
Bonnell Hanger is considered “the only suspect” in his brother’s death, Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said.
Police have not said what motivated the shooting, which is Madison’s first homicide of 2014.
“They were in the midst of a dispute,” DeSpain said.
Authorities closed off the block where the shooting took place for much of Monday night. By Tuesday the street was reopened, with only a line of police tape still strung across part of the backyard at 1344 E. Wilson St., where court records indicate Fredrica Hanger lived.
Neighbors said they did not know of any serious problems at the house.
Family members did not return calls seeking comment.
Police are continuing interviews, DeSpain said.
“They’ve got lots of work to do yet, even though they’ve got someone in custody,” he said.
Court records indicate that Bonnell Hanger, who did not live at the East Wilson Street home, had been prosecuted several times for incidents involving acquaintances or others who were close to him.
In January 2012, he was convicted of misdemeanor battery, domestic disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, and received probation for incidents in May and July 2011. In the May incident, he hit his cousin’s fiancé with a rock and a tire iron at a family barbecue after someone told him to stop shouting profanities around the children at the party. In the July incident, he became upset, kicked a panel out of his girlfriend’s garage door and sped off after she refused to buy him cigarettes.
In December 2009, he beat, kicked and pushed down a flight of stairs a family friend after an argument over who could sit on the sofa at Hanger’s mother’s home on East Wilson Street. He pleaded guilty to substantial battery and received an eight-month jail sentence. In a letter to the court, the family friend, Rodney Harris, wrote that Hanger was like a son to him and he didn’t want to see him locked up.
“We all make bad choices and I’m certain that Bonnell is sincerely remorseful for what he did,” Harris wrote.
Hanger was also convicted of misdemeanor battery in two separate incidents involving his girlfriend, with whom he had two children, in 2008 and 2009 and sentenced to 18 months of probation. In the 2008 incident, according to a criminal complaint, he came home drunk and punched and kicked his girlfriend. The 2009 incident involved Hanger pushing his girlfriend down and then hitting her on the back of her head with his fist.
According to state Department of Corrections records, Fredrica Hanger, who also went by Fredrick, was released from prison sometime last week after serving a nine-year prison sentence for kidnapping, armed robbery and armed burglary. Hanger was one of four men who robbed a man and locked the man’s companion in the trunk of a car in November 2003.
Last summer, Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess denied Fredrica Hanger’s request to shorten his sentence. At the time, Hanger was at the Oregon Correctional Center and working for a lumber company, where he planned to continue working after his release, he wrote in a letter to the judge.