SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - A man accused of stomping a pet tropical fish to death during a dispute with a girlfriend faces charges of disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property. Anastacio Molina Jr., 40, was charged Wednesday in Sheboygan County Circuit Court.
The criminal complaint said police were called to Molina's home about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday after a caller said he was destroying things in the house.
Police had already been called to the house five hours earlier because of a verbal dispute when Molina ordered his girlfriend to move out.
When officers arrived the second time, they found remains of the pet fish, an Oscar, on the sidewalk, the complaint said, and the girlfriend's 12-year-old son told police Molina took it out of its tank and stomped it to death.
Molina also broke a stereo and shattered a picture window, the complaint said.
Both misdemeanor charges have penalty enhancers because of a prior conviction for child abuse. They carry up to four years in prison and up to $11,000 in fines.
Defense lawyer Patricia Adelman was not available when The Associated Press called her home number Wednesday night seeking comment.