Beaver Dam woman accused of shooting boyfriend waives hearing

April 26, 2019 GMT

JUNEAU — A 28-year-old Beaver Dam woman accused of shooting her boyfriend in the groin waived her preliminary hearing that had been scheduled for Thursday in Dodge County Circuit Court.

Tonya M. Diniz, currently being held in Dodge County Jail, 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.

According to the criminal complaint, Diniz called the police around 9 a.m. on April 14 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.

Two guns were located on the bottom shelf of a pantry. Diniz told officers that she had gotten the guns for protection.

An arraignment is scheduled May 30.