CROWN POINT — A man testified Friday his father beat him so badly he suffered a traumatic brain injury and paralysis and no longer wants any contact with the man.
Anthony Luna, 21, admitted he has communicated with his father, Miguel Luna, 36, via Facebook Messenger since his release from the hospital but said he no longer wants anything to do with his father.
“He beat me half to death and left me for dead,” Anthony Luna said. “My life is ruined.”
Miguel Luna, of Dyer, opposed prosecutors’ motion for a no-contact order.
Lake Criminal Court Judge Pro Tempore Natalie Bokota granted that state's request.
Miguel Luna and his brother, Jose Luna, each were charged in March with four felony counts and one misdemeanor count of battery. Jose Luna also was charged with two misdemeanor counts of false informing.
According to court records, they hit Anthony Luna in the head with an object — possibly a piece of rebar, beat him and threw him down a set of stairs in April in Merrillville. Anthony Luna permanently lost vision in his left eye, has partial paralysis in his left arm and lost control of his left leg, records say.
Miguel Luna’s defense attorney, John Cantrell, presented Anthony Luna with copies of Facebook messages between him and his father.
Anthony Luna initially denied having any communication with his father, but later said he remembered messages where he told his father, “I hate you.”
“Is it fair to say you want to have contact with your father when you need him?” Cantrell asked.
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Anthony Luna said he no longer wanted any contact with his father and wanted him to go to prison.
Cantrell said Anthony Luna’s brain injury might be affecting his ability to remember clearly and said Miguel Luna wants to see his son get better.
“He had nothing to do with this,” Cantrell said, predicting Miguel Luna would be exonerated. “He was not present.”
Anthony Luna yelled, “That’s (expletive).” Court security persuaded him to leave the courtroom.
Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Natalie McCandies pointed to the seriousness of Anthony Luna’s injuries.
“The man that gave him life is the man that tried to kill him,” she said. “It can be confusing, yes.”
However, Anthony Luna no longer wants any contact with his father, she said.
Bokota set Miguel Luna’s next court date for Aug. 30.