Man sentenced to 10 years for two felony charges

A man convicted of two counts of Class B felonies has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for his involvement in a 2014 incident in the Norman area.

A 12-member panel originally convicted Tony David Mitchell of Norman of five charges — two Class B felony charges of attempted aggravated battery and aggravated battery and three Class C felony charges of battery by means of a deadly weapon, battery resulting in serious bodily injury and criminal recklessness.

At the April 7 sentencing hearing, Jackson Circuit Judge Richard W. Poynter ruled that because of the similarity of several of the charges they were merged, said Jeff Chalfant, Jackson County chief deputy prosecutor.

The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred May 27, 2014, in the 12800 block of West County Road 650N.

According to court documents, the first officers responding to the incident found a 41-year-old Bedford man suffering from a wound to his arm that had been caused by a knife. The man was near his wrecked vehicle on Hickory Grove Road in Lawrence County.

The man told police he had wrecked the vehicle while fleeing for his safety from West County Road 650N, where an argument between him and Mitchell had occurred.

During that argument, the man was asked to leave, and while doing so, witnesses reported Mitchell stabbed or cut him.

Mitchell then fired a warning shot from a shotgun into the air and also fired as many as two more rounds at the man, with one of them striking the window of the vehicle the man was driving.

The cause of the argument was not clear, although Mitchell said he and the man had been roommates at one time.

The victim told police he felt like the right side of his face was on fire, and if the shot had been 6 inches over, it would have hit him in the head.

After the wreck, the man was taken to a Bloomington hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and released, police said at the time.

Interviews conducted by investigators led them to believe he was in the process of leaving and did not provoke the attack.

Detective Tom Barker with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department was the lead investigator. He was assisted by crime scene technician Detective Robert Lucas, Sheriff Mike Carothers and Deputy Jeff Walters.

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Aaron Piper is a photographer and reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at apiper@tribtown.com or 812-523-7057.