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A verbal argument that turned physical and led to a female being stabbed resulted in a felony charge filed Tuesday against a 24-year-old Racine woman.

Sherrie E. Akins faces a charge of first-degree recklessly endangering safety with the use of a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The felony carries a fine of $25,000 and 12 years, six months in prison. The two misdemeanors carry a total fine of $1,500 and 120 days in jail.

Akins, who is in custody, made her initial appearance in Racine County Circuit Court on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint:

Officers with the Racine Police Department were dispatched to a city residence for a report of a stabbing Sunday at about 5:23 a.m. Officers found the woman with a bandaged hand and a “significant amount of blood on the porch floor.”

The woman stated that Akins had been banging on the door and demanding entry to the residence. The two began arguing, and the defendant pushed and hit the woman. The two began to wrestle, and that’s when Akins grabbed a small knife and threatened the woman with it, the complaint states.

After the woman was able to knock away two different knives from the defendant, Akins grabbed a third and plunged it toward the woman, who sustained a “through and through” injury in her palm with an entry and exit wound.

Akins told police that she and the woman have been partners for years and have been residing together on and off throughout their relationship. She admitted she was at the house, but claimed the woman had invited her over. Akins said they began to argue and stated she threw a knife at the woman, who suffered the cut when she tried
to block it.

Racine County Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch set a preliminary hearing for 8:30 a.m. June 7 at the Racine County Courthouse.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.