By GARY POPP
NEW ALBANY —
A New Albany man was sentenced in Floyd County Circuit Court Monday to four years in prison with an additional two years of probation to be served upon his release.
Dennis M. Mouser, 22, of 701 E. Spring St., Apt. #305, accepted a plea deal that convicted him of battery committed by means of a deadly weapon or resulting in serious bodily injury, a class C felony.
He is expected to begin his probation after serving two years of a four-year sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction.
The plea encompassed two sets of charges related to incidents that occurred Dec. 2011 and May 2012, as well as a probation violation stemming from a 2009 conviction.
The probation violation followed 2009 charges of possession of a controlled substance, a class C felony, and maintaining a common nuisance, a class D felony.
Mouser previously accepted a plea deal the 2009 charges, which resulted in him being convicted of maintaining a common nuisance. The drug possession charge was dismissed.
Monday’s plea on the other set of charges dismissed charges of auto theft, a class D felony and battery resulting in bodily injury, a class A misdemeanor.
According to court documents, Mouser came to Floyd County Circuit Court Nov. 15 for a sentencing hearing, at which time he told his court-appointed attorney, Kimberly Kraimer, that he no longer wanted to accept the plea, which the court had accepted Sept. 27.
Mouser left the court before the sentencing proceeding began, which resulted in the issuance of a bench warrant for his arrest Nov. 16.
On the same day, the court filed new charges of burglary, a class C felony, and theft, a class D felony, and another warrant for his arrest was issued.
Mouser was arrested on Nov. 21 and booked into the Floyd County jail where he remains today.
It is undetermined if Mouser will be transferred to Indiana Department of Corrections before he faces his new charges in a Floyd County court.
Mouser’s conviction Monday stems from an incident at The Irish Exit on East Main Street in New Albany Dec. 31, 2011.
According to statements made in the probable cause affidavit, Mouser had played billiards with a man at the bar. When the man, and a woman he was with began to leave, Mouser asked for a ride.
The couple agreed, and during the drive Mouser and the man began arguing over who was going to take the woman home.
The man pulled the car over several blocks from the home and asked Mouser to get out of the vehicle, according to the affidavit. A fight ensued and Mouser punched the man in the face and knocked him out, according to statements the woman made to police.
“[The woman] said the unknown male [Mouser] then began kicking [the man] in the face,” according to the affidavit.
The woman got out of the car in an attempt to stop the assault.
She said Mouser then got into the vehicle and drove off.
The following day Mouser and the vehicle were located by Clarksville police.
Mouser’s next court appearance on the charges filed Nov. 16 have not updated as of press time.