A Kenosha firefighter was suspended without pay in connection with an off-duty battery of a another firefighter.

James D. Adams, 38, of Racine, was suspended without pay for 20 days, the suspension approved by the Police and Fire Commission in January.

Fire Chief Charles Leipzig said Adams agreed to the suspension without contesting it before the commission. He said the suspension is not yet complete.

In cases of suspensions at the fire department, the days are served one at a time rather than in one block to ensure there are not taxpayer-funded overtime costs to cover the hours the person is off duty, Leipzig said.

Adams pleaded guilty last October to two counts of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and was fined $300.

According to the criminal complaint, Adams choked and punched a fellow firefighter during an argument at a softball practice at a city park in August.

The man he struck had intervened when Adams was arguing with another co-worker.

There were several witnesses, all firefighters who were attending practice for a game.

Kenosha Police had recommended battery, disorderly conduct and felony strangulation and suffocation charges against Adams.

He was ultimately charged with two counts of disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

District Attorney Michael Graveley said the charges were issued after his office met with the victim about how he wanted to see the case proceed.

“The case was one where the victim’s input was extremely important,” Graveley said.

Adams has been a firefighter since 2008.

Leipzig said Adams took responsibility in court and has paid his fines and court costs.

“He’s taken responsibility for it in court and he is taking responsibility for it in the department,” he said.

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