Inmate charged with battery
A prisoner at the Waupaca County jail is accused of beating another inmate.
Tommie E. Lee, 47, Stevens Point, is charged with felony battery by prisoner.
On Dec. 22, 2016, Waupaca County inmate Kendall Koch requested medical assistance for a large cut on his upper lip and abrasions on his face and the back of his head.
Koch told Corrections Officer Maria Kurylo that Lee had attacked him.
Kurylo reviewed security video of the incident.
According to the criminal complaint, the video shows Koch and another inmate watching TV. Lee is seen pacing around.
Lee reportedly told Koch to stop talking about other people, and Koch replied he was talking about the TV show.
Lee continued pacing, approached Koch, threatened him, punched him in the face, grabbed him by the throat and pushed Koch back onto the top of a table.
“Lee punched Koch nine times, kicked him twice and punched him four more times,” the complaint says.
Lee told Kurylo that “he hit Koch because Koch called him expletives and was a racist.”
Lee was in Waupaca County jail as a safekeeper inmate from Portage County.
He was in custody on a $5,000 cash bail for charges of intimidation of a victim, battery and felony strangulation.
On Feb. 15, Lee entered guilty pleas to the first two charges. He was placed on two years of probation and sentenced to time served in jail.
Waupaca County has issued a warrant for Lee’s arrest.