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Baseball-bat killing draws 50-year sentence

Ochs
Lombardi

FORT WAYNE -- A 40-year-old Iraqi war veteran was sentenced Friday in Allen Superior Court to 50 years after admitting he beat his girlfriend to death last spring with a baseball bat.

Anthony Ochs was sentenced on a charge of voluntary manslaughter after being charged earlier with aggravated battery and attempted murder after his arrest for clubbing Susan Lombardi, 42.

He called police about 3 a.m. April 13, 2012, saying he'd hit her in the head. She was taken to a hospital with multiple facial fractures and traumatic brain injuries.

The charge was upgraded to murder a few days later after Lombardi's family removed her from life support.

In August, Ochs' attorney, Randy Fisher, told the court he intended to use the defense of mental disease or defect when Ochs stood trial. According to Fisher, Ochs was a three-tour veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom who suffered from blackouts and was under the care of the Veterans Affairs Department at the time of the attack on Lombardi.

Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull appointed a number of experts to evaluate Ochs, and the trial was set to begin in March before Ochs agreed to plead guilty.

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