Theodore Medina Violently Killed His Father In Law and Mandated to AA Meetings

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.

5 thoughts on “Theodore Medina Violently Killed His Father In Law and Mandated to AA Meetings

  1. I’m just curious – what to the active members of NA in Daytona think of your website? Have you had any comments on the photo?


    • It has created a lot of division among steppers in Daytona and beyond. Because what the members in the park are doing has created controversy that is now known about globally. The 12 step programs are against controversy and bringing any negative attention to themselves. They are also supposed to think about how their actions impact AA or NA as a whole. But the groups that dug in their heals thumbed their nose at the community and their very own 12 stepping peers. There used to be 7 NA meetings a week in the park, now there are zero. But one moved to another park within Holly Hill. There remains one AA meeting as well. Both meetings are given flack for refusing to pay rent, harassing citizens, smoking and continuing with the meetings. AA and NA members realize that photographing in a public park it is perfectly legal. It is a constitutional right.

      Many local steppers are horrified at the behavior of their peers and refer to them as “sick”. Because of how AA and NA are structured on many levels their hands are tied. They did vote to delist them but they did not get enough votes leaving many steppers feeling frustrated. Most of them have left the park and found other places that provide more privacy at clubhouses etc. Playgrounds are not a a proper place for 12 step meetings.

  2. There is no such thing as AA counselling. This is a perfect example of how the function of AA is twisted by the courts to suit the needs of public opinion.

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