Man pleads guilty to battery against former family friend

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

ELKHART COUNTY--- An Elkhart County man plead guilty on Wednesday and now faces 2-8 years in prison after battering a former family friend.

Andrew Adkins, was charged with one count of Battery by Means of a Deadly Weapon, a Class C felony, on August 25, 2012.

The charge stemmed from an incident in which Adkins with the intent of stealing a television set, held the victim at knife point, and used the knife to make long scratch marks along her neck and chest.

The victims family had allowed Adkins to stay with them for a couple weeks in 2012, but was told to leave after wearing out his welcome.

A couple weeks later, Adkins showed up at the victim’s residence demanding a television set that did not belong to him.

The victim who is medically confined to a wheelchair managed to wedge the chair into the front doorway of the residence so as not to allow Adkins access to the home.

Adkins proceeded to take out a small pocket knife, hold it to the victim’s neck, and then scrape it along her neck and chest.

Adkins left after hearing a friend of the victim’s coming down the stairs of the residence.

A jury of twelve people and two alternates was seated and sworn on the afternoon of August 12, 2014, at which time the Court took a recess for the day due to an emergency medical condition of the defendant.

On the morning of August 13, 2014, after a long consultation with his defense attorney, Adkins entered a plea of guilty as charged with no agreement as to sentencing.

Sentencing is scheduled for Monday, September 29, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

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