Hammes came to the area to meet his girlfriend’s parents, who live in the Town of Buchanan. They all went out for dinner, after which Hammes began acting strangely, and his girlfriend’s parents told him he should go home. His girlfriend and her mother went inside to get their things, and when they came back out they found Hammes and the father yelling. The mother asked Hammes to leave, and he swore at her. When Hammes’ girlfriend tried to step between her boyfriend and father, Hammes grabbed her by the hair and threw her to the ground.
The mother then went inside to call 911, but looked back and saw Hammes stomping and kicking her husband’s head and face. She tried to intercede and Hammes knocked her down and pulled on her hair, pulling some of it out. Hammes’ girlfriend said he became upset when her father told him he could not stay at their residence. She said she thought Hammes was going to kill her father.
When Sheriff’s Department officers arrived at the home, they found two women tending a man lying on the ground. He had a large cut on the back of his head and had lost a considerable amount of blood. He was somewhat alert, but did not respond to all of an officer’s questions. An ambulance was called to take him to the hospital. The Fire Department was called to clean up the man’s blood from the road.
Hammes used to be a sports star. Acording to the Journal Times, Hammes "earned an athletic appointment to play baseball for the Air Force Academy. More recently, he was an extra in 'Mr. 3000,' the baseball movie filmed at Miller Park in 2003." Now he faces five years in prison.