MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin (AP) -- A 56-year-old Milwaukee man is accused of shooting his lawn mower because it wouldn't start.
Keith Walendowski has been charged with felony possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle and misdemeanor disorderly conduct while armed.
According to the criminal complaint, Walendowski says he was angry because his Lawn Boy wouldn't start Wednesday morning.
He told police: "I can do that, it's my lawn mower and my yard so I can shoot it if I want."
A woman who lives at Walendowski's house reported the incident. She says he was intoxicated.
Walendowski could face up to an $11,000 fine and six years and three months in prison if convicted.
A call to Walendowski's home went unanswered
This is sad! What is this world coming to when you can't even shoot your own lawn mower without facing 6 years in the joint? I feel Mr. Walendowski is absolutely correct that it was his lawn mower and his yard and he had the right to shoot it if he wanted to. Who was harmed by his shooting of his own mower in his own yard?
I have a friend who shot his chainsaw a couple years ago after it kicked back and nearly cut his knee cap off. He threw it down, hobbled in the house to retrieve his shotgun, hobbled back out to the offending chainsaw and blew it to bits. Fortunately, no arrests were made.