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Machete attack goes from self-defense to felony battery plea

Machete attack goes from self-defense to felony battery plea

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VALPARAISO — When Dylan Odell was first arrested on allegations of injuring another man using a machete, he argued it was done in self-defense, according to court authorities.

But on Friday he admitted he used an "unreasonable amount of force" and pleaded guilty to a felony count of battery with a deadly weapon and a strangulation charge in another case.

The 21-year-old was sentenced to four years behind bars, with three years suspended and to be served on formal probation on the battery charge, according to court documents provided by his attorney Mark Chargualaf.

He received two years in the strangulation case with all the time suspended and to be served on probation consecutively with the other sentence, according the court documents.

Odell told the court Friday he saw a friend involved in a fight at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 21 in the 5300 block of Rose Avenue in Portage. He said when he attempted to break up the fight and defend his friend using a machete, he was hit in the face.

Odell said he lunged with the machete at the man who struck him and injured the man. The victim suffered a cut to his lower leg, according to court records.

When questioned in court Friday by Porter Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Clymer, Odell admitted he used too much force wielding the machete when the other person was unarmed.

"You went a little far," Clymer said.

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Porter/LaPorte County Courts and Social Justice Reporter

Bob is a 23-year veteran of The Times. He covers county government and courts in Porter County, federal courts, police news and regional issues. He also created the Vegan in the Region blog, is an Indiana University grad and lifelong region resident.

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