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Man who dropped TV on head pleads to battery

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A Valparaiso man who the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said dropped a television on another man’s head nearly three years ago in a Liberty Township motel, severely injuring him, is pleading guilty to battery.

On Friday, William Henry Smith Jr., 49, agreed to plead guilty to two counts of battery, a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years in prison.

Under the agreement, Smith’s attorney and the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will argue the sentence. Any sentence on the two counts Smith would serve concurrently, meaning that Smith is facing a maximum term in the Indiana Department of Correction of eight years.

In exchange for his plea, all other charges against him—including one of aggravated battery, a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20 years—would be dismissed.

According to police, at 1:28 a.m. March 14, 2010, officers were dispatched to the El Kay Motel on U.S. Highway 6 in response to a report of a disturbance. On their arrival, police said, officers found an unconscious man in “a pool of blood” on the floor of the guest room, with “blood spatter patterns located underneath the man’s head and in the area around him.”

A TV was on the floor next to his head.

The man also had bruising and abrasions on his head and torso.

A woman at the scene advised police that she and the man had been in the room alone when there was a knock on the door, followed by a male voice which stated “Valparaiso Police Department.” The woman opened the door to find Smith, who entered the room, pulled the other man off the bed, and began striking him with hands and feet.

Smith then lifted the room TV off its stand and dropped it on the man’s head.

The man sustained “major head injury,” police said, and was reported at the time to be in critical condition.

Smith also knocked the woman to the floor in the course of the incident, inflicting what she told police she thought was a broken arm.

Smith fled the scene before officers’ arrival but was later located, at which time he advised the arresting officer that “he was sorry for wasting our time and that what he had done was stupid.”

Posted 12/18/2012