- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) - An Indiana dialysis nurse was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison after he was convicted of assaulting a Kentucky man and two children but acquitted of killing the children’s 6-year-old brother.

News outlets report Logan Tipton’s family expressed anger and sorrow at Tuesday’s sentencing of 34-year-old Ronald Exantus, who did not speak during the hearing in Versailles, Kentucky.

Before the hearing, the boy’s family led a march to protest last month’s verdict. Jurors found Exantus not guilty of murder and burglary by reason of insanity, but guilty of assault.

Exantus‘ attorneys didn’t dispute that he killed Logan, but a defense psychologist testified that Exantus suffered from psychosis due to an underlying mental illness.

Exantus drove from Indianapolis to Versailles in December 2015, went inside the unlocked home before dawn and stabbed Logan in the head. Officials say they haven’t found a link connecting Exantus to the family or the town.



During his trial, jurors saw a videoed police interview in which Exantus said he got lost and decided to park on Gray Street, where the boy lived, because it reminded him of “Grey’s Anatomy,” a televised medical drama his defense team said Exantus had binge-watched in the days before the attack.

In the video, Exantus told police that “Grey’s Anatomy” reminded him of “knives for surgery,” which he decided to perform.

The judge ruled in 2016 that Exantus was competent to stand trial after doctors testified that he heard voices and exhibited odd behaviors before the slaying, but that after treatment, he understood the consequences he faced and could rationally assist in his defense.

Logan‘ mother, Heather Tipton, told Exantus during the sentencing hearing “when you murdered my son, you slaughtered my entire family. … None of us are the same.”

The judge ordered that he receive mental health treatment while incarcerated.

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