WARSAW — A third person has been sentenced for taking part in a robbery and battery in 2015, resulting in a victim losing eyesight in one eye.
Apolonio Corral Jr., 340 E. Levi Lee Road, Warsaw, was sentenced on count I battery resulting in bodily injury, a level 5 felony. One count of robbery resulting in bodily injury was dismissed per the plea agreement.
The charges stem from an incident on Nov. 1, 2015. On that day the victim stated Corral had gone into the victim’s residence and assaulted him because the victim had been with Corral’s daughter the night before.
The victim stated that later in the day he was sleeping on the couch at a friend’s house when he was awoken and observed Corral, Valente Ceballos and Armando Gutierrez in the residence. Corral, Ceballos and Gutierrez began hitting the victim on the head and face repeatedly. They then took the victim’s wallet with $500 and his iPhone.
The victim lost vision in that eye and was tested for hemorrhaging on the brain.
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Katy Hampton argued in defense of the state that Corral has an extensive history of violent crimes, bringing attention to the fact that it has spanned his entire adulthood.
Corral’s attorney Jay Rigdon argued that Corral was merely reacting emotionally to comments made about his daughter and that this case wasn’t like his past offenses. Rigdon argued that, while not an excuse, not so long ago action like this was acceptable if someone spoke badly about your daughter.
Corral admitted, “I made a mistake and I’m willing to pay the price.”
Judge David Cates found Corral guilty of battery resulting in serious bodily injury, sentencing him to three years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with six days jail time credit.
Judge Cates also ordered Corral to pay the victim $10,604.34 in restitution, divided amongst others sentenced on this case.