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Fort Wayne man admits beating girlfriend to death with bat

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 7:08 am

A Fort Wayne man pleaded guilty Tuesday to beating his girlfriend in the head with a baseball bat in April, injuring her so badly she died eight days later.

Anthony Ochs, who was 39 at the time of the beating, pleaded guilty in Allen Superior Court to a single count of voluntary manslaughter in the April 21 death of 42-year-old Susan Lombardi.

Under the terms of his plea agreement with prosecutors, Ochs faces up to 50 years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 5.

Police responded in the early-morning hours of April 13 to a house in the 6300 block of High Point Run, where they found Lombardi bloodied and unconscious, according to court documents.

The couple, who had been dating for about eight months at the time of the beating, had been drinking and arguing when Ochs allegedly hit Lombardi in the head multiple times with the bat, police have said.

Ochs allegedly told police he hit Lombardi in the head at least once but did not remember how many times or why he became angry enough to attack her, court documents said.

Lombardi was initially hospitalized with traumatic brain injuries and multiple broken bones in her face. She also lost an eye and had swelling on her brain before dying of the injuries April 21, the documents said.

Ochs was initially charged with attempted murder, battery and aggravated battery but faced a murder charge after Lombardi died.