APPLETON, Wis. (Appleton Post-Crescent)- An Appleton woman who attacked her daughter and husband in a drunken furor over the Green Bay Packers' first loss of the 2011 season will spend six months behind bars.
Lisa M. Low, 36, received the punishment Thursday in Outagamie County court as part of a three-year probationary sentence for child abuse, bail jumping and disorderly conduct.
While she was watching the Packers game against Kansas City on television last Dec. 18, Low became upset because the team was losing and choked her 11-year-old daughter, the criminal complaint stated. The girl said that after the Packers lost 19-14, her mother choked her again with enough force that she couldn't breathe and asked, "Do you want to die?"
"Obviously, Mrs. Low took (the game) very seriously," Assistant Dist. Atty. Nicholas Bolz said.
Low also tried to punch her husband in the face, threw her dinner on the floor and broke a lamp during the game.
Attorneys said alcoholism, rather than extreme fandom, was the key issue in the case - and one that's burdened Low for years.
Judge Dee Dyer pointed out that Low has five drunken-driving convictions. Police say Low relapsed on Saturday and threw a beer bottle at her husband. She was charged this week with three offenses in Calumet County. Police say Low was angry about rent expenses.
"This behavior has to stop and it has to stop now," Dyer said.
Defense attorney Brandt Swardenski asked for a probationary term without jail, arguing Low was already sanctioned in the form of embarrassment due to local and national media coverage. He said her husband's willingness to call police on Saturday shows the family isn't going tolerate or hide any future relapses.
"This is a tough struggle that this family is taking on together," he said.
After 90 days, Low will be granted jail release to attend treatment.
Dyer said Low's alcoholism and the violence exhibited over something as trivial as a poor Packers performance makes her a danger.
"These are realities of life that you have to deal with," Dyer told her.