SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — A newlywed is facing 18 months in jail for allegedly beating up his bride on their wedding night.
Jeffrey J. Schuette, 26, has been charged with two misdemeanor battery domestic abuse counts by the Sheboygan County District Attorney.
According to police, the 22-year-old bride said that after the wedding reception on Saturday, Schuette was intoxicated but insisted on driving to the hotel anyway. She got a ride from someone else.
When they got to the hotel, the bride didn't want to "get snuggly" and instead told Schuette that he ruined her wedding night. Schuette then punched the bride in the face several times until she locked herself in the bathroom.
In the bathroom, she texted friends to come get her, but got no response.
After it appeared Schuette had fallen asleep a little while later, she came out and tried to lie down on the bed next to Schuette. But when he again tried to get amorous, she told him no and he began punching her again, climbing on top of her and punching her numerous times in the face and head.
She escaped to the bathroom again and called her new mother-in-law to come and help her. As the mother-in-law was coming in, Schuette was leaving the hotel after throwing all the bride's belongings into the hotel hallway.
By the time police talked to her, the bride's eye was swollen shut and her swollen face was numb. Her hand was injured from warding off blows and she also had pain and abrasions to her right arm.
When Schuette was picked up by police, he told them the bride had attacked and slapped him because he wasn't showing her enough attention, and that his knuckles were scratched because he must have punched the door or wall.
She told police she and Schuette had been together for four years and that he had been violent toward her numerous times in the past but she reported it this time because she knew she'd be unable to hide her injuries.