Justin Nickell

A 29-year-old Barron man could face up to three and one-half years in prison and/or $10,000 fine in connection with a felony battery charge filed after a fight on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at a downtown Barron bar, county Circuit Court documents said.

The defendant is identified as Justin A. Nickell, 223 N. Third St.

A criminal complaint filed Feb. 4 said two officers responded to a report of a fight at Skippy’s Bar at 1:20 a.m. Feb. 2. The first officer to arrive found a man holding someone on the ground outside the back door of the bar. The man on the ground was later identified as the defendant and the man holding him was identified as the victim.

The victim told police that the defendant hit him in the face with a beer bottle. He then tackled the defendant and held him on the ground until police arrived. The victim had a cut above his left eye, the officer reported. The defendant took a preliminary alcohol breath, which produced a reading of .278, more than three times the state’s legal limit of intoxication.

A second Barron officer got to the scene and reported the victim was holding a towel over his injury to stop the bleeding, and that his left arm was drenched in blood. A pool of blood and a broken beer bottle were on the ground.

The victim said his girlfriend “was scared of the defendant because he had (allegedly) assaulted her recently.”

The victim said the girlfriend and the defendant were arguing outside the back door of the bar. The victim said he stood nearby to prevent the woman being hurt, and that the defendant “suddenly hit him in the face.”

Another bar patron confirmed the victim’s account of what had happened.

According to Circuit Court and Barron County Sheriff’s Department records, the defendant is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday, March 19.