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Boyfriend pleads guilty in beating death


FORT WAYNE – Anthony Ochs pleaded guilty in Allen Superior Court to voluntary manslaughter Tuesday with a sentencing cap of 50 years.

Ochs was arrested in the beating death of his girlfriend with a baseball bat last spring.

Police arrested Ochs, 39, after he called 911 just after 3 a.m. April 13, saying he hit Susan Lombardi, 42, in the head with the bat.

Ochs said he'd consumed about a dozen beers, couldn't remember how many times he'd hit her or what it was that made him so angry, according to court documents. Ochs was originally charged with attempted murder as Lombardi clung to life at a local hospital, suffering from multiple facial fractures and traumatic brain injuries.

A few days later, Lombardi's family removed her from life support and Allen County prosecutors escalated the charge against Ochs to murder.

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