Fight could cost Elkhorn felon 10 more years in prison

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Pedro Oliveira Jr.
Friday, November 20, 2009
— A violent reaction to racial slurs could cost an Elkhorn felon another 10 years in prison.

David M. Azinger, 20, of Elkhorn was sentenced in Walworth County Court in July to 30 months in prison for arson and theft.

He is being held in the Sheboygan County Jail under a program to house overflow state prison inmates.

Azinger now is facing a new charge of felony battery by a prisoner. Azinger said another inmate was using racial slurs and talking about white power to black inmates, according to the criminal complaint.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years prison.

According to the criminal complaint:

Timothy S. Riemer, the inmate Azinger is accused of attacking, told investigators several black inmates are housed in the pod next to his, and Riemer admitted talking about white pride and white power through vents connecting the two pods.

Riemer said Azinger, who is white, indicated he didnít like that kind of talk.

Azinger told a Sheboygan County detective that after an argument through the vents, Riemer threw what Azinger believed to be urine from a bottle through the door of Azingerís cell. Azinger said he was splashed on the face and chest.

About 15 minutes later, Azinger went to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and confronted Riemer about the incident.

Azinger tried to hit Riemer on the head but struck him on the neck.

The two started to fight and ended up on the floor.

Riemer was left with a red scratch on his neck and swelling on the left side of his forehead. He was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Azinger is expected in Sheboygan County Court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, Nov. 25.

Last updated: 11:54 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

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