A Cloverdale man has been sentenced to prison time for a 2008 battery.
Judge Matthew Headley handed down an eight-year sentence for Samuel J. Weekly, 30 on a Class C felony conviction of battery. Under the terms of a plea agreement, the charge Weekly pled guilty to was reduced from a Class B felony aggravated battery charge and a Class D felony charge of operating a vehicle after being adjudged a habitual traffic violator was dismissed.
Weekly was charged in connection with a Jan. 22, 2008 incident in which a man was beaten with a baseball bat.
Court documents said Weekly struck the victim in the head repeatedly while the victim was sitting in a car. When Weekly realized the victim was badly hurt, he drove the victim home and dropped him off.
The victim suffered multiple skull fractures. His brain swelled as a result of his injuries, and he underwent surgery to remove blood clots and damaged tissue as well as to relieve brain pressure. He was unconscious for some time and had to be put on a respirator.
Eight years is the maximum sentence for a Class C felony. Headley gave Weekly the full eight years because of his lengthy record of brushes with the law.
"You obviously have a significant criminal history," Headley said.
Weekly will receive credit for the 269 days he has already served at the Putnam County Jail. With Indiana good time credit, he will receive a day of credit for each day he spends without incident in prison.
Weekly's criminal past in Putnam County includes convictions for misdemeanor invasion of privacy, probation violations and battery and over a dozen traffic violations including reckless driving, driving without ever having received a license and driving while suspended.
He went to prison in January of 2000 on a burglary conviction. He was released in October 2001.