A Porter man
convicted of murder last year and sentenced to 62 years in prison is facing
the possibility of an additional six-year term, after the Porter County
Sheriff’s Police said that he battered a fellow inmate at the Porter County
Jail in September.
According to the
probable cause affidavit filed by the PCSP, at 9:25 a.m. Sept. 30 Thomas
Reichler, 20, boiled water in a microwave oven in his pod, then threw it on
another inmate, causing burns to the man’s body and damage to his left eye.
Reichler has been
charged with battery with serious bodily injury, a Level 5 felony punishable
by a term of one to six years.
currently an inmate at the Miami Correctional Facility, where he is serving
a 62-year sentence in connection with the murder of a Portage man, Alex
Tapia. Last fall Reichler was found guilty of shooting Tapia to death in
front of his wife and children in the early morning hours of Dec. 12, 2014,
after Tapia discovered Reichler rifling through his vehicle.
punishable by a term of 45 to 65 years. Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary
Harper sentenced Reichler to nearly the maximum possible, 62 years, with
sentences for three other crimes--two counts of theft and one of attempted
theft--to run concurrently. In sentencing Reichler, Harper made note of his
lengthy criminal history, which began with an arrest at age 11 for arson and
possible release date--as of today--is Aug. 6, 2068, at which time he will