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Monday, November 13, 2017 3:10 pm

Work release ordered for man who beat victim with iron

JIM CHAPMAN | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man won't have to serve jail time for breaking into a home and beating a man in the head with a clothes iron in June. 

David Bahr, 22, pleaded guilty Monday in Allen Superior Court to battery with a deadly weapon as part of a plea agreement.

Judge John Surbeck sentenced Bahr to four years, with two years suspended and two years to be served in Allen County Work Release. Charges of residential entry and criminal recklessness were dismissed.

Battery with a deadly weapon, a level 5 felony, is punishable by one to six years in prison, with three years being the standard sentence.

Bahr will be placed on probation for two years. He was ordered to undergo a psychological/mental health evaluation and told not to contact the victim. Bahr was given credit for two days in jail.

Around 11:20 p.m. June 15, Bahr, of the 1700 block of Kinross Lane, stuck his hand through a missing window at the victim's residence. He unlatched the lock to the inner door and entered the home before hitting the victim with the iron.

When a police officer arrived to separate the two, the officer noticed the iron in Bahr's hand and four deep cuts on the victim's head. The victim was taken to a hospital, court records said.

The iron weighed 3 pounds to 4 pounds and was used with so much force the metal bottom half was broken off. The victim told police he was pinned against the wall while Bahr stood over him, striking him repeatedly, court records said.

When the officer asked Bahr about the attack, he replied in "an excited utterance, 'Yeah, I did it,'" court documents said.

It was unclear in court records why Bahr assaulted the man.

jchapman@jg.net