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Sentence handed down for man convicted of woman's beating in Pulaski Co.

A sentenceof 28 years was handed down in Pulaski County court for a man charged with the severe beating of a woman.


Pulaski County Prosecutor Kelly Gaumer says Billie Minix was sentenced after being found guilty last month by a jury for aggravated battery, confinement and intimidation.  Gaumer presented evidence that Minix brutally beat a woman for no reason in November of 2018.  Evidence stated that the woman entered a mobile home she was rehabbing with the permission of the owner.  Minix was inside and beat the woman with a bat, a steel-toed boot and a broom handle.


The prosecutor says the woman could not positively identify Minix as her attacker.  However, DNA from the victim's blood on Minix's clothing proved to be the decisive factor in identification.


The victim sustained permanent brain damage, a broken leg and other injuries.  


Gaumer says the jurors were not told about Minix's prior offenses.  Minix has been to prison six times for different offenses.  That includes a felony battery conviction in Starke County for beating another woman with a pipe.  


Minix was also convicted for breaking a TV and other equipment at the Pulaski County Jail while awaiting his trial.  He was transferred to the Department of Corrections for the remainder of the trial.


With credit time, the 59-year old Minix will serve nearly 21 years in prison.


Minix announced his intention to appeal the conviction after his sentence.