(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Sentencing comes Tuesday for Bright burglar and shooter William Gajdik.
William Gajdik is likely to learn his sentence during a 3:00 p.m. hearing in Dearborn Circuit Court. Eagle 99.3 will have the sentencing covered.
On August 10, Judge James D. Humphrey heard arguments from prosecutors and Gajdik’s defense on how Indiana sentencing laws should be applied. Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard argued that Gajdik faces a maximum of 160 years in prison.
Humphrey took the arguments under advisement, setting a pronouncement of sentencing for September 25.
Gajdik, 39, has been asking Humphrey to give him the death penalty, but he’s not eligible.
A jury convicted Gajdik on August 14 of Attempted Murder, Robbery Causing Serious Bodily Injury, Robbery with a Deadly Weapon, Auto Theft, and Burglary. He was also convicted of being a habitual offender, which carries the possibility of an extra 30 years in prison.
Gajdik was an escaped inmate from Nebraska when he burglarized two homes in Bright and Logan Township on September 6, 2011. He stole a handgun from the first home on North Dearborn Road, using the firearm to threaten the homeowner who chased him out.
As police swarmed the area in search of Gajdik, he broke into and hid in the home of Robert Tibbits on Ruth Avenue. When Tibbits arrived home from work that afternoon Gajdik shot him in the back, nearly killing him.
Gajdik stole Tibbits’ Ford Thunderbird. He was caught by police in Fergus Falls, Minnesota a couple weeks later.