Villager sentenced after rowdy party that left wife unconscious choking on vomit

Ralph James Rucinski

A 78-year-old Villager has been sentenced in the wake of a rowdy party that left his wife unconscious on the floor choking on her own vomit.

Ralph James Rucinski, of the Village of Santo Domingo, originally faced two third degree felony charges after he repeatedly punched a Sumter County sheriff’s deputy in the chest and kicked him in the groin and shin as the deputy attempted to clear the way for EMS on Sept. 17 in the 1200 block of Barcelona Drive. EMS had been attempting to bring equipment into the kitchen to treat Rucinski’s wife, according to the original arrest report. He also swore at and threatened personnel at the scene.

Those attending the gathering in the Village of Hacienda East were not much help to law enforcement.

“I was unable to obtain any sworn written statements from any of the parties on scene due to them being heavily intoxicated,” the deputy wrote in the arrest report.

Rucinski’s attorney was successful in bargaining the charges against her client down to misdemeanors.

Earlier this month in Sumter County Court, the Wisconsin native pleaded no contest in the case. He has been placed on probation for one year and assessed $1,615 in fines and court costs.