WARSAW — Randel Manley, 51, Warsaw, was sentenced for aggravated battery, a level 3 felony, in Circuit Court by Judge Michael Reed today, Feb. 20. He was arrested Oct. 23 after Warsaw Police responded to a local boarding house at 223 W. Jefferson Street, near downtown Warsaw, for a fight in progress and a subject bleeding badly.
The official press release states that police arrived and found 30 year old, Mitchell Robinson, of Warsaw, in room #5, unresponsive with severe lacerations to his stomach and neck areas. He was attended to by Lutheran EMS Kosciusko and transported to Kosciusko Community Hospital and then flown by helicopter to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne in critical condition.
The tenant of the room told police that she was in her room with Robinson when she left for a few moments and returned to the room to see the neighbor, from down the hall, on top of Robinson. The neighbor then ran back to his room and she observed that Robinson was bleeding profusely.
Police located the neighbor, Manley, in his room with blood on his clothes and a bloody box cutter type knife at his doorway.
The investigation indicates that both men were intoxicated and several times earlier that night were arguing about Robinson wanting his cigarettes and knife back.
Manley pled guilty to the battery and was sentenced to 13 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. Three years will be suspended to be served on probation, and Manley will receive 121 days good time credit. His sentence will be served as a credit restricted felon.
Manley was also ordered to pay $105,364.49 in restitution to Lutheran Health Network and $46,200.07 to Rocky Mountain LLC.