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Inmate Gets 50 Years For Stabbing Another Inmate In Ear With Pencil

Last updated on Friday, May 4, 2012

(COLUMBUS) - A former Bartholomew County Jail inmate was sentenced Wednesday to 50 years in prison for stabbing another inmate in the ear with a pencil and for being a habitual criminal offender.

Matthew Henry Bryant, 30, of Columbus, will serve the time in addition to the 93 years he already is serving for attacking a woman twice, bringing his total time behind bars to 143 years.

Bryant did not testify at his sentencing hearing Wednesday and seemed resigned to the fact that he likely will be incarcerated for the rest of his life.

"You're going to do to me what you're going to do to me," he told Bartholomew Superior Court 1 Judge Chris Monroe when given the chance to testify. "I'm going to die in prison anyway, so let's just get it over with."

A jury found Bryant guilty in February of aggravated battery, a Class B felony, for stabbing Roosevelt Crowdus in the ear with a pencil last June while the two were inmates at the Bartholomew County Jail.

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