Sidney man sentenced to probation in fatal assault
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 By MAUNETTE LOEKS New Media Editor
SIDNEY — A 24-year-old Sidney man has been sentenced in an assault that led to the death of his father-in-law.
Theodore D. Medina, 24, Sidney, was sentenced to 60 months intensive supervised probation on a charge of attempted second-degree assault, a Class IV felony, and an additional 24 months probation on a charge of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, Cheyenne County Attorney Paul Schaub said. Medina’s probation sentence includes him having to wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet and complete Alcoholics Anonymous counseling. Schaub said Medina was given credit for 234 days in jail, but was sentenced to an additional 80 days in jail to be served in 10-day increments during his probation term. However, the court can waive the jail upon recommendation by Medina’s probation officer.
Cheyenne County authorities arrested Medina on Nov. 4, 2013, after he had been involved in an assault with his father-in-law, Ernest Ward, 50, of Sidney. Ward died as a result of injuries suffered in the assault.
At the time of his arrest, Medina had told police that Ward had been drunk and belligerent and picking a fight with him. During the fight, Medina pushed Ward and he fell. Medina told police that Ward kept coming at him after the fall and he hit the man, picked him up and threw him to the floor. He told police he “snapped.”
Another man, Jose Campos, had witnessed the assault. The men contacted emergency services after Ward had remained on the floor and they determined he had a slow heart rate. At the hospital, doctors advised he had suffered extensive brain injuries and bleeding around his skull and brain.
Schaub said prosecutors agreed to a plea agreement after interviews with witnesses and family.