A man who took justice into his own hands is in jail after he stabbed a man who beat up his niece and made derogatory comments about his late mother.

Tommy Brown, 59, of Racine, was charged Monday by the Racine County District Attorney’s Office with first degree reckless injury, domestic abuse assessments. If convicted of the charge, Brown faces up to 25 years in prison and/or fined up to $100,000.

Man Hospitalized Following Stabbing

According to the criminal complaint, Racine Police officers responded to a report of a stabbing that happened at 101 Howland Avenue. Stabbed multiple times in the back, the man was taken to Ascension All Saints Hospital for treatment.

Investigators learned that Brown had a folding knife and they found blood droplets on a couch in the living room. They also found knives in a bedroom and the kitchen.

Brown told investigators that the man lived with his niece at his house, but the man was kicked out of the house after an alleged physical altercation with her. When Brown’s niece told him that the man showed up at the house, Brown confronted the man and told him it wasn’t right to hit her.

Brown Admits He Stabbed Man

Swearing at Brown, the man made “derogatory comments about Brown’s late mother.” Brown then went to his bedroom, took out a knife from the top draw of a dresser and the two started to fight. During the altercation, Brown told police he “poked” the man several times in the back.

He told police he stabbed the man because he was mad about the comments the man made about his late mother, not because he feared for his safety. The folding knife Brown in his pocket was the one used during the stabbing. He had been drinking on Sunday, but he told police that he drinks every day, sometimes five to 13 beers a day.

Brown is being held on a $5,000 cash bond. A preliminary hearing has been set for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 3.

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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.