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Mendenhall gets 40 years for attack

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Augustus Mendenhall, the attorney who attacked an Indiana state representative last year, received a 40-year sentence today from a Hamilton County judge.

Hamilton Superior Judge William Hughes sentenced Mendenhall to an aggregate term of 40 years in the Indiana Department of Correction. Mendenhall was convicted in September of Class A felonies attempted murder and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury; Class B felonies aggravated battery and criminal confinement; and Class A misdemeanor resisting law enforcement.

He received 30 years each for the Class A felonies, 10 years each for the Class B felonies, and one year for the Class A misdemeanor conviction.

In October 2009, Mendenhall attacked Rep. Edward DeLaney, D-Indianapolis, who is also an attorney. The two met in Carmel for a purported property purchase. A passerby believed DeLaney was in trouble and called police. When police arrived, they found Mendenhall on top of DeLaney hitting him. He also had a gun, but it didn’t fire when he pulled the trigger. DeLaney suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung in the attack.

Mendenhall blamed DeLaney for his family’s legal issues and held a grudge against the attorney.

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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