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Man faces battery, strangulation charges

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A weekend argument over milk led to a physical assault on an elderly Columbus man, police said.

Brian Sexton, 40, 1443 Sycamore St., was arrested on charges of strangulation and battery resulting in serious bodily injuries.

Officers were called to Sexton’s home at 11:18 a.m. Saturday morning after police received a report that an assault had just taken place, according to Columbus Police Lt. Matt Myers.

When Patrolwoman Julie Quesenbery and Patrolman Troy Love arrived, Sexton said the argument he had with his 74-year-old uncle was only verbal. However, the officers saw a broken glass table and other evidence of a physical struggle, Myers said.

The uncle told Quesenbery and Love that as he and Sexton were arguing over who used all the milk, his nephew threw his cereal bowl at him and almost struck him, Myers said. In the police report, the uncle stated Sexton had earlier made threats that he would put him “out of his misery.”

Myers said further investigation showed the elderly man also had been beaten Friday night but has been too frightened to call police. Quesenbery and Love noted in their report that the 74-year-old had marks on his neck and had been struck multiple times in the chest.

After the officers talked with other witnesses and searched for further evidence, they concluded there had been a pattern of abuse for some time and took Sexton into custody, Myers said.

The charge of strangulation is a Class D felony, while the battery charge is a Class A misdemeanor. Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash will decide what, if any, formal charges to file.

Sexton is in the Bartholomew County Jail. His bond is $15,000.

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