VALPARAISO | A South Haven man, who claimed he heard the voice of his imaginary childhood friend while he tied up his girlfriend, pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor battery.
Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper accepted the plea and sentenced Logan Fischer, 19, to nearly one year of probation.
Two of the three charges against Fischer were dismissed.
The judge said Fischer’s mental health may have played a role in the offense. Fischer is required to continue with mental health treatment.
On Jan. 12, Fischer tied his girlfriend’s hands behind her back with a belt and put duct tape on her mouth and a pillow over her face. She told investigators that Fischer told her he would release her if she would remain quiet, and kept her tied up for about 30 minutes. After releasing her, Fischer followed her to the Portage Walmart parking lot where he was subsequently arrested.
Fischer told officers that while he was with his girlfriend he heard the voice of “Eric,” his imaginary friend from childhood. He also told them that “Eric” was responsible for tying her up.