Woman SHOT 19 Times By Husband Says Protasiewicz Not Fit to Serve on Court

MADISON, Wis. — In December of 2015, a Wisconsin woman, Tamika Finichis was the victim of a gruesome beating from her husband, Lazarick Spade. Janet Protasiewicz gave him a slap on the wrist — a mere six months. Less than one year later, Spade shot his wife 19 TIMES. He was allegedly trying to “get even” with her for reporting the prior assault.

Today, the Washington Free Beacon reported the victim’s less than favorable opinion of Protasiewicz. Finichis, who was nearly murdered by her husband, criticized Protasiewicz for not giving him more time. Finichis said she “lost a lung in the shooting” and is still recovering. “She said she uses an inhaler and suffers from extreme anxiety.” 

Protasiewicz’s soft-on-crime record IS dismissive of victims. #NoJailJanet’s irresponsible judgements have made Milwaukee more dangerous and left women unprotected. Does Protasiewicz regret her decision? Unlikely, given her responses to Emilee Fannon and Matt Smith.

Read more from the Washington Free Beacon below:

Woman Slams Liberal Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate for Letting Off Her Abusive Ex-Husband

Alana Goodman

Washington Free Beacon

March 31, 2023

A woman who was shot and nearly killed by her abusive ex-husband says liberal Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Janet Protasiewicz is responsible for letting the repeat felon off with a light sentence after he brutally beat her in a prior domestic abuse case—and doesn’t believe Proteasiewicz is fit to serve on the state’s highest court.

 “He should’ve gotten more time,” said Tamika Finichis in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon this week. “If he got more time maybe he wouldn’t have shot me.”


Finchis’s ex-husband, Lazarick Spade, was charged with domestic violence battery after he attacked her on a public sidewalk a week before Christmas in 2015, leaving her with a facial fracture. But Protasiewicz sentenced him to just six months in prison in July 2016, a sentence the victim said was far too lenient considering Spade’s lengthy criminal history and the brutality of the assault.

Shortly after he was released from jail, Spade ambushed Finchis outside her home in Milwaukee and shot at her 19 times—striking her in the back, arm, and foot—and leaving her for dead. Incredibly, she survived.

Spade was convicted of attempted homicide and is now serving a 40-year sentence for the shooting.

Finchis told the Free Beacon that she felt Protasiewicz and the rest of the justice system failed her by giving Spade such a light sentence in the prior assault case. She questioned Protasiewicz’s fitness for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

“She shouldn’t get it,” she said. “She’s not giving [criminals] any time” in jail.

The victim said she lost a lung in the shooting and is still recovering. She said she uses an inhaler and suffers from extreme anxiety.

She said Spade’s long criminal history should have prompted Protasiewicz to give him a longer sentence—noting that Spade was convicted of felony child abuse of their son months before he beat her and had other convictions for drug trafficking, firearm possession by a felon, and reckless endangerment.

At the time of the first assault in December 2015, Spade had also escaped from a prison work-release program, where he was supposed to serve a nine-month sentence for the felony child abuse charges. 

Finchis had recently ended her relationship with Spade and told him she was “moving on with her life.” But he confronted her outside a house in Milwaukee, where he pushed her to the ground and then “dragged [her] and punched and kicked her in the face,” according to court records citing reports from witnesses, who ran outside to pull Spade off of the victim. The victim “sustained facial hematomas and a facial fracture,” responding officers told the court.

Spade was initially charged with felony battery and faced up to 10 years in prison as a habitual offender, but the charges were reduced in a plea deal approved by Protasiewicz. She sentenced him to six months in prison in July 2016.