A violent domestic assault on Oct. 17 changed the life of one Kosciusko County resident forever. The offender? A 21-year-old male who is already on probation. The victim is his 27-year-old brother who, in defense of the two women at the residence, had to draw his own firearm until police arrived.
Despite the successful defense, the victim sustained multiple injuries, spending four days in a major area hospital, suffering a traumatic brain injury, causing seizures, loss of sight in an eye and PTSD. Any reasonable Kosciusko County citizen would expect a violent offense from a felon would amount to a probation revocation. This was not the case, unfortunately.
The Kosciusko County probation office actually requested the assailant be able to return to the residence, Also warning the victim it could be at least two years before charges could even be brought against the attacker.
When the owner of the residence refused the option for return, citing concern for the safety of those in the residence, the offender was released to a shelter with a condition of showing to probation hearings. The 911 call was not included in the area police reports for that day.
Is Kosciusko County secretly emulating Illinois’ new catch and release law? The public should be aware of possible threats and someone who has a history of violent behavior, causing major bodily harm, being released into an already vulnerable community.
The public should also be aware when victims are encouraged to house their assailants and live in fear.