CROWN POINT — A man was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for repeatedly beating an ex-girlfriend and setting fire to her new boyfriend's car.
Terrell A. Winfield, 38, pleaded guilty in February to felony counts of domestic battery resulting in serious bodily injury and arson in two separate cases.
Lake Criminal Court Judge Diane Boswell sentenced Winfield to four years in prison on each count, to be served consecutively. Winfield will serve the sentences in the Indiana Department of Correction's Purposeful Incarceration program, which will allow Winfield to seek a sentence modification if he successfully completes substance abuse therapy.
Lake County Deputy Prosecutor Jessica Arnold argued for a 12-year sentence on the arson count and six years on for battery.
The crimes occurred while Winfield was on probation in three other misdemeanor cases, showing he's not likely to succeed at probation, Arnold said. He has a total of 10 misdemeanor convictions.
The beating went on for 12 hours, Arnold said. Winfield could have stopped, or he could have gotten out of the "love rectangle," but he didn't.
None of Winfield's multiple victims chose to make a statement Tuesday, she said.
Winfield and the woman he kidnapped, beat and sexually assaulted in January 2018 had been involved in a relationship while both also were in long-term relationships with other people. Defense attorney Linda Kollintzas described the situation as a "love rectangle."
Winfield also was accused of setting fire to a car belonging to the woman's new boyfriend in 2017.
Winfield's family asked the judge for leniency, because Winfield has two children and helps support other family members.
Winfield apologized to the victims, saying his life spun out of control.
He tried to drink away his problems, he said, but the alcohol made his anger grow and caused him to "do things I never would have done otherwise."
Kollintzas said Winfield's criminal history was limited and asked Boswell to sentence Winfield to two years in prison, followed by two years in a work-release program and a term of probation.
Boswell said Winfield didn't deserve the maximum sentence, but his criminal history and previous failure to comply with probation factored into her decision.