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.