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Two Men Sentenced To Prison For Beating Man With Wooden Post
Updated January 19, 2017 12:14 PM | Filed under: Crime
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(BEDFORD) - A Bedford man was sentenced to 18 years in prison after he admitted to taking a wooden post and fracturing another man's skull, robbing him of $80 and stealing his meth.

Tuesday morning Lawrence Superior Court I Judge Michael Robbins sentenced 25-year-old Jared Mathis to 18 years in prison with two years suspended to supervised probation. Mathis was given credit for 301 actual days served.

Mathis pleaded guilty on November 22 to one felony count of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury as part of a negotiated plea agreement. Felony charges of aggravated battery and criminal confinement were dismissed.

According to court records, the second man involved in the crime 25-year-old Jacob Shelton, 25, 2004 I St., was sentenced by Lawrence Superior Court I to 18 years at the Indiana Department of Correction with five years suspended to probation.

Shelton also accepted a negotiated plea deal and plead guilty to a felony charge of conspiracy to commit robbery, resulting in serious bodily injury. As part of the plea agreement, felony charges of aggravated battery and criminal confinement were dismissed.

The Crime

According to a Lawrence County Superior Court I probable cause affidavit, on January 12, 2016, Bedford Police were called to St. Vincent Dunn Hospital where a man was being treated in the emergency room with severe facial injuries.

The man; who suffered a fractured skull, facial cuts and intracranial bleeding; was transferred to an Indianapolis hospital.

Officers were not able to talk to the man until February 11, 2016.

The man told police he was assaulted and robbed after he received a text message to go to a home on V Street.

All the man could remember was that after he got to the home someone struck him on the head and he fell to the floor. He remembered looking up and seeing a woman holding his backpack and shaking it.

While still on the ground he says the man that lived in the home struck him a second time with what he thought was a metal object. The next thing he remembers is waking up in the hospital.

Police found blood on the rugs and carpet and they found blood on a wooden post that they believed was used to strike the victim.

Police conducted several interviews and discovered that Mathis was the one responsible for injuring the victim.

Mathis told police he and the man who lived at the residence made plans to beat the man and rob him of his money and drugs. Mathis told police he was hiding behind the door when the man entered the home and struck him with the post.

The document states Mathis and the man who lived at the house then held the victim down and took $80 and some methamphetamine from him. Mathis said the men then left the victim bleeding on the floor.

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