MARINETTE — A Wausaukee man is clinging for life and a second Wausaukee man is expected to face some type of charges after a severe beating Labor Day weekend in Crivitz.

Jermy J. Starcke Jr., 26, is in custody following an incident over the weekend in which he allegedly got into a fight with a 47-year-old Wausaukee man.

The victim is in a coma at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

“He’s critically injured and facing more surgery,” Marinette County Sheriff Jerry Sauve said. “It’s a day-to-day thing.”

The victim was found in a ditch near a car on Louisa Road north of Crivitz. Sauve said details are still being investigated, but he said the fight may have spilled over after the men left a bar at closing time in Crivitz.

The sheriff said it’s one of the worst beatings he has seen.

“I’m wondering if he didn’t think he killed him and just left,” Sauve said. “It’s very serious. This guy is messed up. I’ve seen beatings before and I just looked at some pictures — this is very serious.”

Sauve said detectives are still working on the case and their information will then be forwarded to the district attorney’s office. He expects a criminal complaint could be filed within days. Sauve expects an aggravated battery charge (a Class H felony) if the victim is alive. He said if the victim does not survive, the charge could be homicide.