Convicted batterer files for modified sentence

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Greencastle man sentenced last month for his role in an attack that left another man severely injured has requested a sentence modification.

Jared L. Hornaday, 19, was one of four co-defendants convicted in connection with the June 5, 2008 beating of John Sanders, 26, of Greencastle. The crime took place outside Old Topper's Bar in Greencastle.

The state has filed an objection to Hornaday's request for sentence modification. A hearing on the matter has been set for May 7.

According to court documents, Sanders sustained a brain bleed as a result of the beating, as well as cuts and bruising that would likely require reconstructive plastic surgery.

A narrative of the case prepared by Putnam County Prosecutor's Office investigator Charles Bollinger said Hornaday kicked Sanders in the face after Sanders had been struck and knocked to the ground by the other batterers.

Hornaday and his co-defendants were all convicted of Class C felony battery, a charge that carries a maximum prison sentence of eight years.

While the other three defendants -- Cody McNew, 20, Frank Adam Roche, 19 and Jeremy Musall, 24 -- all received sentences that included serving time at the Indiana Department of Corrections, Hornaday received a total four-year sentence with 18 months executed. Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew Headley ordered that Hornaday would spend 90 days at the Putnam County Jail and the remainder of the executed sentence on house arrest.

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