Madison County Attorney May Pursue Habitual Criminal Label in Kevin Heldt Case
MADISON - A Norfolk man facing four felony counts related to an alleged kidnapping of his estranged wife last year may end up being charged as a habitual criminal. Fifty-year old Kevin Heldt appeared in Madison County District Court Friday for a pre-trial hearing. During the hearing, Madison County Attorney Joe Smith said he may amend three of the felony counts as early as Friday against Heldt to label him as a habitual criminal. Heldt was arrested last May, after his estranged wife Rhonda was reported missing from her home in Tilden. Authorities say Heldt strangled and kidnapped Rhonda, took her to an abandoned farm building outside of Meadow Grove and threatened to kill her, before she was able to convince him to let her go. He has an extensive criminal history dating back over 15 years, and Rhonda filed a protection order against him last March. Heldt will be back in court for a hearing on February 7th. His trial is scheduled for Feb. 12th.