Findlay man sentenced for baseball bat attack


A Findlay man who contended he is “not a monster” despite attacking two others with a baseball bat was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison.

Shawn R. Yeater, 25, admitted entering 406 E. Lima St., Apt. A., and striking two men on July 10.

The assault occurred after binge drinking by three acquaintances, said defense attorney Patterson Higgins.

Yeater grew irritated during an argument and returned to his home. He later broke into the apartment on Lima Street with his bat while the two men were asleep, Higgins said.

Yeater recalls few details of the crime, Higgins said.

Yeater himself has suffered from violent acts in the past, Higgins said. It contributed to prior mental and emotional problems, he said.

“You put alcohol in that mix and it just mushrooms way out of proportion,” Higgins said.

Yeater apologized to Hancock County Common Pleas Judge Reginald Routson for his mistakes.

“It’s not who I am. I’m not a monster,” Yeater said.

Yeater pleaded guilty to a first-degree felony charge of aggravated burglary and two second-degree felony counts of felonious assault.

Routson ordered restitution of $3,263 to one victim. The other man did not submit a medical bill.

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