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Last defendant to serve 3 years in sex assault

Beierwalter

The third, and last, of the men accused in the October 2011 sexual assault of a woman at a party was sentenced Friday morning.

Alex J. Beierwalter pleaded guilty earlier this year to criminal deviate conduct, a Class B felony. On Friday morning, Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck sentenced him to 10 years in prison, but ordered seven years suspended and four years to be served on probation, with the three years remaining in the Indiana Department of Correction.

Beierwalter, Austin Bower, and Troy Turner – all 23 – were charged last summer in the 2011 assault of an incapacitated woman at a house party. All three were athletes at the University of Saint Francis, but left the school shortly after the incident.

Bower was sentenced to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to rape. Six years will be served behind bars, and the other four years will be suspended and served on probation.

On Wednesday, Turner was sentenced to three years in prison, with two years suspended and to be served on probation.

The woman called police from a bathroom, where she had taken refuge after she said she was sexually assaulted at the home.

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