VALPARAISO | William Tyler uttered a series of profanities and voiced frustration after being sentenced Monday afternoon to the maximum six years behind bars for attacking another man with a knife on March 12, 2012.
Tyler, 28, who will serve two years on probation following his release from prison, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a felony count of battery in the attack on 19-year-old Marco Tomich.
Earlier in Monday's sentencing hearing, Tyler used an opportunity to make a statement to the judge by questioning why the state and not a person was referred to as the victim in the crime.
"How is the state the victim?" he asked.
Defense attorney Larry Rogers attempted to explain that Tyler apparently was doing legal research at the jail. But Tyler appeared to deny this was so.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Matt Frost requested the maximum six-year sentence allowed for in the plea agreement by referring to Tyler as a violent man.
Rogers, who sought more probation time, said Tyler is a mentally ill man, who needs help he is not likely to receive behind bars.
Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford said he took Tyler's mental health problems into consideration, but also his history of criminal behavior and his being on bond at the time of this offense.
Bradford voiced hope prison officials would realize Tyler's needs and offer him help.
Tyler has served 574 days in jail, which translates into nearly three years of credit with time for good behavior.