Man gets 40-year sentence for lawmaker attack

A man found guilty but mentally ill for an attack on Indiana state Rep. Ed. DeLaney was sentenced to 40 years in prison Thursday by Hamilton Court Judge William Hughes.

A Hamilton County jury in September found Augustus Mendenhall, a former attorney, guilty but mentally ill in connection with an Oct. 31, 2009, attack on the Indianapolis Democrat. Mendenhall, 39, had faced a possible 100-year prison term.

Authorities said a 25-year grudge preceded Mendenhall's attack on DeLaney, a longtime Indianapolis attorney. He arranged to meet Delaney in Carmel, saying he wanted to discuss a real estate deal. But instead he beat DeLaney and attempted to shoot him.

Delaney suffered broken bones and a collapsed lung as a result of that attack.

The jury found Mendenhall mentally ill but not insane on five counts, including attempted murder and criminal confinement.

The sentence could be reduced to about 20 years under various conditions.

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