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A former Marine was charged Tuesday with a felony and two misdemeanors for strangling a man who was making “wisecracks” at a Racine bar.

Michael Angus, 35, of Racine, was charged by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with strangulation and suffocation, battery, and disorderly conduct. If convicted of all three charges, Angus faces up to seven years in prison and/or fined up to $21,000.

According to the criminal complaint, officers with the Racine Police Department responded to a report of an assault that happened between 12:30 and 1 a.m. Aug. 3 outside Pepi’s Bar, 618 6th St. Angus, and two former co-workers were sitting outside. The person who was assaulted told police that Angus came up behind him, put him in a chokehold and lifted him off the ground.

Unable to breathe, the man lost consciousness and “came to on the ground on the patio,” the report reads.

The man left with a friend, who drove him home. The man told police that he felt dizzy, had an abrasion on his right forearm and he felt pain. Seeking medical care, doctors told the man he had deep bruising to his neck and arm.

During the investigation, a witness confirmed the man’s story. He told them the man was unconscious when Angus released the man from the chokehold and he fell to the ground. The group left the bar a short time later.

The witness told police the two men didn’t argue and “the assault came out of nowhere,” according to the complaint.

When officers spoke to Angus, he told them that he was sick of the man’s “wisecracking all night” and “choked him.” A former Marine, Angus told them he “wanted to see if he still had it and to show off in front of everyone.”

Racine County Circuit Court Judge Alice Rudebusch set a cash bond of $1,000. A preliminary hearing was set for 9 a.m. Sept. 4.

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