A Valparaiso man who the Porter County Sheriff’s Police said dropped a
television on another man’s head nearly three years ago in a Liberty
Township motel has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Late last year, William Henry Smith Jr., 49, agreed to plead guilty to two
counts of battery, a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight
years in prison.
On Friday, Smith was sentenced on the first count to seven years in the
Indiana Department of Correction (DOC), two of those years suspended and to
be served on formal probation. On the second count, Smith was sentenced to
four years in the DOC, no time suspended.
Under the plea agreement, those sentences will run concurrently.
In exchange for his plea, all other charges against Smith—including one of
aggravated battery, a Class B felony punishable by a term of six to 20
In his sentencing order, Porter Superior Court Judge Bill Alexa noted that
Smith has the right to appeal his sentence within 30 days.
According to police, at 1:28 a.m. March 14, 2010, officers were dispatched
to the El Kay Motel on U.S. Highway 6 in response to a report of a
disturbance. On their arrival, police said, officers found an unconscious
man in “a pool of blood” on the floor of the guest room, with “blood spatter
patterns located underneath the man’s head and in the area around him.”
A TV was on the floor next to his head.
The man also had bruising and abrasions on his head and torso.
A woman at the scene advised police that she and the man had been in the
room alone when there was a knock on the door, followed by a male voice
which stated “Valparaiso Police Department.” The woman opened the door to
find Smith, who entered the room, pulled the other man off the bed, and
began striking him with hands and feet.
Smith then lifted the room TV off its stand and dropped it on the man’s
The man sustained “major head injury,” police said, and was reported at the
time to be in critical condition.
Smith also knocked the woman to the floor in the course of the incident,
inflicting what she told police she thought was a broken arm.
Smith fled the scene before officers’ arrival but was later located, at
which time he advised the arrested officer that “he was sorry for wasting
our time and that what he had done was stupid.”