Man arrested in connection with a beating

A Bartholomew County man faces at least seven felony charges in connection with a fight stemming from a domestic issue reported early Sunday morning at a home south of Seymour.

William Sanders Jr., 40, of Columbus was arrested on one count of residential entry, three counts of criminal recklessness with a weapon and three counts of pointing a firearm after the incident reported about 12:50 a.m. in the 10000 block of East County Road 400N. All are Level 6 felonies.

The first officers responding to a fight at the residence found a 28-year-old Seymour man, who appeared to have been beaten, lying on the ground, according to Jackson County Officer Rick Meyer’s report.

Meyer said police were told by witnesses that Sanders had driven to the residence and had almost struck several parked vehicles when he arrived.

He then entered the residence holding a loaded handgun and pointed it at the Seymour man, a 27-year-old Seymour man who also lived at the residence and a 29-year-old Columbus woman. There also were two juveniles at the residence.

The people were able to subdue Sanders and take the gun away from him, Meyer said. They then held him until police arrived.

The man, who had been beaten, denied medical treatment at the scene.

After his arrest, Sanders was taken to Schneck Medical Center in Seymour and treated for an injured shoulder and a cut on his cheek.

He was then taken to the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown and booked into the jail, where he was being held Monday without bond pending an initial hearing.

Sanders also faces a Class A misdemeanor charge of battery with injury and a Class B misdemeanor charge of simple battery.

The Level 6 felonies are punishable by six months to three years in prison.

Meyer was assisted by county Officer Jesse Hutchinson.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.