Murder Charges Filed in Door County Slaying of Pregnant Woman

Brian M. Cooper is charged with two counts of first-degree homicide and one count of third-degree sexual assault in the death of Alisha Bromfield.

A Plainfield-area man is expected in court Wednesday morning on charges his killed his friend and her unborn child during a trip to Door County, Wisconsin.

According to the Door County Daily News, Brian M. Cooper, 35, was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree homicide in the deaths of Alisha N. Bromfield, 21, and her unborn daughter, whom she'd planned to name Ava Lucille. Bromfield was reportedly seven months pregnant at the time of her death.

Cooper is also charged with one count of third-degree sexual assault, stemming from an accusation that he has sex with Bromfield after killing her.

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Sheriff Terry Vogel said Cooper and Bromfield, who both had Plainfield addresses, were in Door County to attend the wedding of Cooper's sister. 

During an Aug. 21 court appearance, Door County District Attorney Raymond Pelrine said Cooper had hoped to rekindle a romance with Bromfield, and became angry when she did not share his feelings. 

Pelrine said Cooper and Bromfield had argued prior to Cooper's sister's wedding. Following the reception, they returned to the Sand Bay Resort in Nasewaupee, where Cooper began to drink.

After Bromfield went to sleep, Cooper "proceeded to sit in the room feeling more angry and frustrated. Not only (about) the breakup of the relationship ... but his feeling of her apparent coldness and indifference to him throughout the evening," Pelrine said, according to a Door County Advocate report.

Cooper is accused of waking Bromfield between 2 and 3 a.m. and strangling her before having sex with her body.

On Sunday, Aug. 19, Cooper went to a gas station in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, where he asked the owner to call 911, telling her he needed to report a murder. Vogel said Cooper told police he had killed his girlfriend.

Cooper's bond was set at $1 million during his Aug. 21 hearing.


Joey Diaz September 05, 2012 at 05:30 PM
He has a Plainfield address...
Shannon Antinori (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 06:10 PM
For the record, Plainfield Patch covers things that simply have a "Plainfield mailing address" simply because they are part of the community. If something noteworthy were to happen at Plainfield South, I'd cover it, because that's part of our community. Personally, I care about things that happen outside of my municipal boundaries and I think most readers do, too.
Tim September 05, 2012 at 06:18 PM
But nobody reads the Joliet Patch, Ron... and I think we all know why.
Trish Harrington September 05, 2012 at 07:21 PM
@Ron & Joey - Really??? I am astounded that you have taken issue with the suspect’s mailing address and official location of his residence. This is such a tragedy it would be more appropriate to think about the victim’s family and their loss. Maybe you could offer some kind words of sympathy? I don’t know – just a thought! I used to live in the exact same subdivision as the Mr. Cooper. For your information and to set this issue straight once and for all – Old Oaks residents pay Joliet taxes for police, fire, library & city services. They also pay Plainfield taxes for the school district (majority of the tax bill) and park district. So its safe to say – Old Oaks residents are split between both communities! Again – is this really important to you?
Joey Diaz September 05, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Hey trish don't drag me into it. I was just wondering. It took me a bit to figure out what Ron's angle was. I don't care what patch of dirt Mr cooper lived on, he'll die a coward either way.
Trish Harrington September 05, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Agree 100%
K cpr September 05, 2012 at 09:10 PM
1st i want to say sorry to Bromfield family and friends. Trisha Mom gave a wonderful speech 2day inregard to her beautiful daughter and granddaughter how she is happy with Cooper sentence this coward will be where he belongs the rest of his life, thank the lord he was a coward and turned himself in like the coward he is now. He wont make it in prison the inmates will have his a--. they dont play games with baby murders very nicely. Bye Bye Coward Rest in Peace trisha and Ava i pray for you everyday.
mario September 06, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Ron, the thoughts you express show the ignorance of how the original Plainfield folks thought like when they sold the land to joliet because they wanted to stay small and quaint. Now however many years later plainfield wishes it had the revenue that the malls and other stores in the area bring in for joliet that could have been theirs. Ive been here 12 years and people ask me where i live and when i north plainfield they are like, that is not real plainfield. Well i have news for all of them, the real plainfield has old small houses that i lived in when i was a kid. Thanks but no thanks i guess im not a plainfielder
Joan Senffner September 06, 2012 at 01:27 AM
He is the lowest of the low!!! God help him...
Lucy September 06, 2012 at 02:13 PM
What is your obsession with the man's address? These towns are right next door to each other, the basically bleed into each other. Like others have said, it doesn't matter where he's from, his residence is prison/court now.
Lucy September 06, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Well said. I don't understand who the big deal is. I live in Bolingbrook, but I read the Patch from Plainfield, Joliet, Naperville, etc. I don't live in a box, I want to know what is going on around me. Besides, wasn't Alisha from Plainfield? This is important news for the Plainfield Patch.
Lucy September 06, 2012 at 02:22 PM
What a beautiful young woman. She reminds me of the actress Rachael Leigh Cook. It's such a shame that any human being can do this let alone someone who once cared about you. He is where he belongs now.
Lucy September 06, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Okay, I can't believe I am actually writing and responding to this but I looked up a map of Joliet city limits. The street that Cooper lived on sits right on the border of Joliet and Plainfield. The street IS in Joliet's city limits but just to the west of the street is the border. So, the homes on that street literally could be joliet when standing in the street and you could be in Plainfield in the back yard. So what is the difference?????? SO minor in such a tragic situation.
Bill September 06, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Hey Cooper, I hope a big gay man gets to know you soon Hope it was worth it dipshit


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