Man could be sane at one moment, not another, state Supreme Court rules
WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man convicted for assaulting family members after fatally stabbing a 6-year-old boy more than five years ago will remain in prison on a 20-year sentence.
Thursday, the state Supreme Court upheld 37-year-old Ronald Exantus’ conviction, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.
A jury found Exantus guilty but mentally ill for three counts of assault and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison. At the same time, the jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity on murder and burglary charges.
His lawyers appealed the verdicts, saying it doesn’t make sense to rule he was sane enough to commit assault but not sane enough to commit the other crimes.
The Supreme Court disagreed, ruling each charge was an individual matter and the jury could determine Exantus was in control at some points and not at others, according to the newspaper story.
A dialysis nurse in Indianapolis, Exantus was convicted in the Dec. 7, 2015 attack that caused the death of Logan Tipton in his home in a Versailles neighborhood. During the trial in the case, friends testified to Exantus’ odd changes in behavior leading up to the night of the attack, including asking a woman to marry him unexpectedly and then, the day of the assault, telling her just the opposite nd leaving.
He supposedly was on his way to Florida to see family when he ended up in the neighborhood and entered the home, which was unlocked so the mother could get in after working the night shift.
Believing he needed to perform surgery on someone, Exantus found the child asleep upstairs and stabbed him, fatally wounding him, testimony showed during the trial. One of the other children woke up and got their father, who confronted the intruder downstairs. It’s the scuffle between the two men and the children that produced the assault charges.