Department Defends Hiring Convicted Killer Who Chopped-Up His Girlfriend’s Body
 With a Hacksaw

Sheriff Todd Priebe is defending the decision to hire a convicted killer.


Rafael George Macias pleaded guilty to killing and dismembering his live-in girlfriend, Julia Adams, in 1977.

During his questioning Macias told the police that he strangled Julia, his girlfriend, out of jealousy and put her body into a bathtub.

Then Macias cut his girlfriend’s body in half with a hacksaw and stuffed it into an packing crate, according to his own testimony.

He was sentenced to 40 years but released after 13 for “good behavior.”

Now, Macias has been hired by law enforcement, working at the The Sheboygan County sheriff’s office.

“I’m not going to throw him under the bus. I take responsibility for bringing him on,” Sheriff Todd Priebe said of the technician.

Rafael George Macias. 

Macias similarly voiced his respect for his boss, saying, ”The thing about it is, I’ve always had respect for law enforcement.”

“This is my way of paying back society. I’m still paying it back by using my skills to maintain the radio system that protects the public,” Macias added.

“As far as I’m concerned, he’s a success story,” the sheriff concluded.

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