By Brandi Makuski
A Plover man could face up to 15 years in prison for domestic abuse thanks to his repeat offender status.
Ricki Hankins, 31, was taken into custody last Feb. 8. from a home on Zblewski Dr. in the Village of Plover. Dispatchers received two 911 calls from the residence, both with shouting in the background, but the calls were disconnected.
Officers were able to hear yelling from inside the home when they arrived, hearing a voice later identified at Hankins, holler, “I can’t believe you called the cops”.
Officers found Hankins standing in the living room near an entertainment center. When asked what was going on, Hankins pulled a flat screen television from it’s mount and threw it to the floor, telling officers he didn’t want to resist and knew he was going to jail “for a long time…I only did that so she wouldn’t have the television I paid for.”
Police escorted Hankins as he gathered his wallet and shoes, observing him as he continued to yell at the woman in the home, who appeared upset and shaken as she spoke with officers. The woman told police Hankins has been verbally abusing her, at that time, for about two months.
The woman told police the argument that night began when she returned home to an allegedly intoxicated Hankins, who accused her of being unfaithful. After the argument escalated and the woman called police, Hankins threatened the woman by telling her “that’s the biggest mistake you could make” and warned her, “you’re going to regret this”.
Hankins is charged with felony intimidation of a victim, criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct, charges which could, if his plea is not accepted, net him more than 10 years behind bars and over $25,000 in fines. Due to his repeat offender status, his sentence could be enhanced by up to eight years.
He returns to court March 29, when he is expected to enter a plea.