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Lafayette man convicted for attacking group of people with a hatchet

Witnesses said they went to Jeff Ringen's home in December 2017, trying to collect money he allegedly owed one of the people in the group.

Posted: Apr. 12, 2019 6:27 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A Lafayette man will spend six years in prison and two on probration for attacking a group of people with a hatchet nearly a year and a half ago.

Witnesses said they went to Jeff Ringen's home in December 2017, trying to collect money he allegedly owed one of the people in the group.

They say when they arrived, Ringen chased them down a set of stairs, threatening to hit them with the weapon.

A person fell and prosecutors said when another tried to intervene, he was hit in the head by the hatchet.

Ringen was convicted in a bench trial earlier this week of battery with a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon, and being a habitual offender.

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