WARSAW — A Warsaw man was sentenced today, Thursday, March 15, in Kosciusko Superior 1 Court after a battery incident that occurred on Valentine’s Day in 2016.
Donald Ralph Barton II, 28, 3819 West CR 200N, Warsaw, was charged with battery resulting in serious bodily injury, a level 6 felony.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, at 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 14, 2016, officers responded to a report of a fight at Time-Out Inn in Warsaw.
A bouncer told officers that Donald R. Barton Sr. was bothering a customer, and the bouncer asked Barton Sr. to leave. Barton II struck the bouncer with a closed fist.
After being pulled out into the parking lot, Barton II struck the bouncer repeatedly in the face. As a result of this, the bouncer’s lower jaw was broken and he was transported to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne for surgery.
Defense attorney Elden Stoops asked Judge David Cates to consider Barton II’s personal life before giving a sentence.
“He does have a family and children to support,” Stoops said.
Judge David Cates sentenced Barton II to one and one half years in the custody of the Kosciusko County sheriff. Cates suspended 15 months of the sentence and ordered Barton II to be enrolled in community corrections by no later than March 22, 2018.
Cates also told Barton II to pay $6,863.52 in restitution to the Physicians Health Plan of Northern Indiana, and $500 in additional restitution for the bouncer’s insurance deductible.