Attorneys for a Greencastle man who received an eight-year prison sentence in February have filed a notice of appeal.
Jay C. Unger, 55, was sentenced by Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley after a jury found Unger guilty of Class B felony aggravated battery, Class C felony battery by means of a deadly weapon, Class D felony criminal recklessness and two counts of Class B misdemeanor battery.
In addition, Unger was ordered to pay nearly $47,000 in restitution.
The charges against Unger stemmed from a September 2007 incident in which he hit his brother-in-law, Jack Mace, in the head with a baseball bat. Court documents and testimony in court indicated that Mace, who had to be flown from the scene of the incident to an Indianapolis hospital, was so severely injured by Unger that he suffered permanent hearing loss and brain damage.
During the altercation with Mace, Unger also assaulted his two sisters, Gene Ann Judy and Mary Jane Mace.
Throughout the trial, Unger, who suffered bruised ribs and a bruised eye in the fight and also sought medical attention, maintained he acted in self-defense.
According to testimony and court documents, the impetus for the entire incident was an argument between Judy and Jarod Unger concerning the movement and placing of debris on the Unger family farm.
Headley ordered that Unger would serve three years in the Indiana Department of Corrections, three years on home detention and two years on probation.
Documentation on the case has been sent to the Indiana Court of Appeals, but no court dates have been set yet.