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May 21, 2013

Lyons gets 65 years

WASHINGTON — Dressed in a bright green jumpsuit and escorted by members of the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, Corey Mitchell Lyons, 23, entered the court room, and sat hunched over a table with his family sitting behind. On the other side of the room sat family members of a baby who was life was taken to soon and the mother of Lyons’ child Savanna Johnson.

Nearly two years after four-month-old Levi Lyons died of blunt force trauma to the head, his father, Corey, was sentenced to 65 years in the Indiana Department of corrections with 10 years suspended and credit for 694 days served. Lyons will also be receiving psychiatric services while incarcerated.

“As I have said before, there are no winners in a murder case. The facts in this case are especially horrific because the one person this little baby should have counted on for protection, his father, is the person who took his life,” said Dan Murrie, prosecutor.

Murrie presented no witnesses during the hearing, but Lyons’ attorney, Tonya Shaw presented information to Judge Dean Sobecki that showed the mental state of her client was not stable.

Shaw’s evidence showed that Lyons had been under psychiatric care until he reached age 18 and had previously been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), intermittent explosive disorder and bipolar syndrome, and falls within the lower 10 percentile in cognitive ability.

Lyons had been under the care of doctors in the Nashville, Tenn. area before he moved to Washington.

Lyons' mother stated that when her son turned 18, he no longer qualified to be on the family insurance policy and getting a policy of his own would have been more than he could have afforded. His mother also stated that Corey had anger issues and impulse control issues that prevented him from being able to think things through before acting on his emotions.

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