A 39-year-old Caledonia man was charged with several felonies after he punched his wife, and choked the woman’s son 15-year-old son on July 12 at their home, according to a criminal complaint by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office.

The man was charged with battery (domestic abuse), disorderly conduct (domestic abuse), physical abuse of a child, causing great bodily harm, strangulation, and felony intimidation of a victim. If convicted on all charges, the man faces up to 23.5 years in prison and/or fined up to $56,000. The man’s name is not being released to protect the victims in the incident.

According to the criminal complaint, the husband and wife were arguing in the car when he kept hitting his wife as she was driving. Knocking off her glasses, the woman told the man to stop. The man told the woman to stop so he could hit her in the face. The woman told her husband she was done being his punching bag and he replied saying, “What do you do with a dog that is bad? You beat it.”

After returning to their residence, the couple continued to argued and the man tried to take away the woman’s phone. The woman’s son came into the room and the man started punching the boy in the face and he was choking him when his mother retrieved a handgun. Pointing it at the man, she told her husband to get off her kid and leave. The man dared his wife to shoot him, but she told him she didn’t want to. The woman had her 12-year-old daughter call the police and the man fled the area on foot.

As he left he told the woman the fight was all her fault.

The man is being held on a $20,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 29.


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.