LAPEL — An Indianapolis man was sentenced to 18 months’ probation Wednesday for his connection to the beating of a Lapel cancer patient and the theft of her medications in October.

In an agreement with prosecutors, Caleb N. Crisman, 21, pleaded guilty to assisting a criminal, a Class D felony punishable by a sentence of six months to three years.

Charges of aiding, inducing or causing burglary resulting in bodily injury, a Class A felony punishable by 20 to 50 years in prison, and aiding, inducing or causing theft, a Class D felony, were dropped.

A published telephone listing for Crisman could not be located. His attorney, Angela Warner Sims, Anderson, declined comment.

“He was not involved in the two main target crimes,” Madison County Deputy Prosecutor Pat Ragains said. “Based on the information, we were able to narrow it down. He didn’t go into the house. He didn’t know about it until after it happened.”

According to a probable cause affidavit filed with the charges, brothers Christopher G. Parker, 20, and Timothy A. Parker, 18, both of rural Anderson, went into the 60-year-old woman’s home through an unlocked door at about 11 p.m. Oct. 25 wearing ski masks.

The Parkers looked for drugs throughout the home and discovered the woman in her bathroom. The woman refused to give the two men drugs and grabbed Timothy Parker. He began punching her in the chest, but she was able to push him backward. Christopher Parker then beat the woman with a golf club after she pushed his brother.

The woman suffered two broken fingers and possibly a broken knuckle, as well as several bruises. She was treated and released at an Anderson hospital. The brothers stole about 250 pills and $250, Ragains previously said.

Investigators previously said Christopher Parker said his brother’s name during the incident. That information, along with numerous tips, led to their arrests in different locations in Hamilton County not long after the attack.

Crisman and a 17-year-old juvenile waited in a car not far from the woman’s home while the brothers, both of rural Anderson, committed the crimes. Crisman and the teen testified during the brothers’ March trial they didn’t know the Parkers planned to rob the woman.

Because Crisman was an unwitting accomplice, the much more serious charges were dropped. Ragains said he initially filed those counts because Crisman’s role wasn’t completely known.

“The answer is at the time I wasn’t certain what his involvement was,” Ragains said. “It became clear pretty quickly, once he agreed with his lawyer to tell me what happened, and it agreed with what the juvenile was saying.”

Madison Circuit Court Judge Fredrick Spencer sentenced the brothers for the attack in May. Christopher Parker received a 45-year sentence, while Timothy Parker was ordered to serve 40 years behind bars.\

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