RACINE — A woman who claimed she shot her allegedly abusive partner in self-defense pleaded guilty to reduced charges on Friday in Racine County Circuit Court.
Angela Scheit, 40, pleaded guilty to second-degree reckless homicide with use of a dangerous weapon for the December 2019 shooting death of Victor Perez, who was 45 at the time of his death.
The defendant was initially charged with first-degree intentional homicide.
A sentencing hearing is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 22.
Officers from the Racine Police Department responded to the 1800 block of Villa Street on the report of a man who had been shot.
“He was going to kill me,” Scheit, then 38, told investigators, according to a criminal complaint. “I had no choice.”
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In interviews with police, Scheit indicated that she was trapped in an abusive relationship with Perez, whom she had met the month before on Facebook.
“Initially he was loving,” Scheit told police, according to the complaint, but then he “became controlling and violent.
The complaint continued: “She stated she did not want to be with him, and did not want him to move in (with her on Villa Street), but that he threatened to burn her house down if she did not let him move into the house.” Police said that Scheit later said she shot Perez after the two got into an argument over a notification on Scheit’s phone that “infuriated him.”
He took several steps toward her, she told the police, and that’s when she shot him twice in the chest, according to the criminal complaint.
Mugshots: Racine County criminal complaints, Aug. 15, 2022
Today's mugshots: Aug. 15
These are images of people charged with a crime in Racine County. Booking photos are provided by Racine County law enforcement officials. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and convicted.
Kevon L. Hudson
Kevon L. Hudson, 1700 block of Grange Avenue, Racine, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of THC.
Charles E. Jones
Charles E. Jones, 3500 block of Victory Avenue, Racine, second degree sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age.
Dontae A. Jones
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Dontae A. Jones, 1800 block of Villa Street, Racine, attempting to flee or elude an officer.
Kevin W. Liberty
Kevin W. Liberty, 10000 block of Forest Hills Road, Caledonia, manufacture/deliver psilocin or psilocybin (less than or equal to 100 grams), maintaining a drug trafficking place, felony bail jumping, manufacture/deliver THC (less than or equal to 200 grams), possession with intent to deliver/distribute/manufacture THC (less than or equal to 200 grams), possession of a firearm by a felon.
Alfredo A. Martin-Rios
Alfredo A. Martin-Rios, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, threat to a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer, disorderly conduct.
Terry A. Olson
Terry A. Olson, Mukwonago, Wisconsin, false imprisonment, strangulation and suffocation, misdemeanor battery, criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct.
James E. Probst
James E. Probst, Waukesha, Wisconsin, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (5th or 6th offense, general alcohol concentration enhancer), hit and run (attended vehicle), resist officer (failure to stop vehicle), resisting an officer, felony bail jumping.
Karan T. Rush
Karan (Antwon Lamont Wilson) T. Rush, 4200 block of Marquette Drive, Racine, possession of narcotic drugs, disorderly conduct (domestic abuse assessments), criminal damage to property (domestics abuse assessments), misdemeanor bail jumping (domestic abuse assessments), misdemeanor theft.
Rollin P. Rydlewicz
Rollin P. Rydlewicz, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, physical abuse of an elder person (intentionally cause bodily harm), disorderly conduct.
Jose E. Alvarez
Jose E. Alvarez, 1400 block of Washington Avenue, Racine, criminal damage to property.
Tony L. Jackson Sr.
Tony L. Jackson Sr., 2000 block of Carter Street, Racine, criminal damage to property, misdemeanor theft.