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14 years likely in tire iron attacks

A Fort Wayne man who admitted attacking two different men with a tire iron on two separate occasions is now looking at 14 years in prison, if not more.

Steven Lavolpa, 44, pleaded guilty Friday to a slew of charges in connection with the attacks, both of which happened in October after Lavolpa spotted the men with his ex-girlfriend.

Once, Lavolpa followed his ex-girlfriend and another man in a car before confronting them with a tire iron.

On another occasion, he staked out his ex-girlfriend’s home and attacked a man who left there, according to court documents.

Lavolpa pleaded guilty to two felony counts of battery, a felony count of being a habitual offender and two misdemeanor counts of invasion of privacy.

A plea agreement he made with prosecutors calls for Lavolpa to be sentenced in early April to 14 years in prison. But Lavolpa could also have his probation revoked for an earlier felony conviction in which he battered a child younger than 14. In that case, he received a suspended three-year-prison sentence.

That time could be tacked on to the sentence imposed by his most recent plea agreement if a judge rules he violated his probation, according to court documents.