JUNEAU — A 28-year-old Beaver Dam woman appeared in court Monday after being charged with shooting her boyfriend in the groin Sunday morning.
Tonya M. Diniz is charged with a felony count of second-degree reckless injury, use of a dangerous weapon, domestic abuse assessment and a misdemeanor count of pointing a firearm at another, domestic abuse assessment. She could face up to 13 years in prison and a $35,000 fine if convicted on all charges.
Diniz appeared by video from the Dodge County Jail on Monday. Dodge County Court Commissioner Steven Seim set a $2,000 cash bond with the conditions that she does not have any direct or indirect contact with the victim. She also may not possess any firearms.
According to the criminal complaint, Diniz called the police around 9 a.m. on Sunday from her apartment on Lake Crest Drive. Diniz allegedly told the 911 dispatcher that she had been “messing around” with her boyfriend, a 20-year-old Beaver Dam man, and the gun accidentally went off. Diniz, who had reported to 911 that her four children were at home, was upset during the call and informed the dispatcher that the victim could not walk after being shot in the groin.
Police arrived at the apartment and found the victim lying on an air mattress in a bedroom. The victim could speak, but was having difficulty breathing, according to the complaint. The victim told officers that Diniz had shot him and had touched the barrel of the gun to his body before shooting him. The victim said that the two had not been fighting, and he did not believe she intentionally shot him.
However, the victim later told paramedics that Diniz was upset with him because she had found out he had been speaking to another woman. According to the criminal complaint, he maintained that the shooting was not intentional.
The victim was transported to Beaver Dam Community Hospital before being transported by helicopter to University Hospital in Madison. He underwent surgery and was expected to recover, according to the criminal complaint.
Diniz told a Beaver Dam police officer that she shot her boyfriend after asking why he had sent texts to another girl. She allegedly said that she had pointed the gun to his groin area and told the officers, “we have been together four years and we play like that.” Diniz said as she knelt on the bed, the gun went off.
Two guns were located on the bottom shelf of a pantry. Diniz told officers that she had gotten the guns for protection.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled on April 25.