Ronald Exantus sentenced 20 years for assaults related to Versailles boy's stabbing death

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Published: Apr. 24, 2018 at 10:45 AM EDT
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The Indiana man who authorities say stabbed a six-year-old Versailles boy to death will spend 20 years in prison.

Ronald Exantus was sentenced to 10 years for each second-degree assault charge and one year for a fourth-degree assault which will run concurrently.

A jury found Exantus guilty but mentally ill for stabbing Logan Tipton's father and two sisters. However, the same jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity of murdering the six-year-old.

His defense team never denied the December 2015 stabbing but said it was the result of a psychotic episode.

The jury recommended the maximum sentence for the assault convictions which is a 20-year sentence. The judge taking that recommendation sentencing Exantus to 20 years in a state prison. However, with credit for time served he will be eligible for parole in December of 2019.

Logan's oldest sister, mother, and father each gave victim impact statements in the courtroom. Their time speaking not spent talking about the victims of the assault convictions but instead the six-year-old they lost.

"When you killed Logan you slaughtered my entire family," said Heather Tipton. "I believe this man to be a coward and I believe he literally got away with murder."

The 6-year-old's mother at times speaking directly to Exantus, "You pulled a good one Ron, I'll give you that."

Logan's father Dean Tipton said he believes Exantus is getting away with a slap on the wrist, "One day he may get to go hug his children again .... I won't. When I go to see my son I have to go to the graveyard."

Ahead of the sentencing hearing more than 100 family members and friends marched to the courthouse chanting 'Justice for Logan.' They then filled the courtroom to make sure Logan's memory was present.

"He is up there smiling right now saying go get 'em daddy," said Dean Tipton.

The family says while this does bring the jury trial to a close, it is not the end of their story.

"We just want to save the next family the heartache. Something less they have to worry about in a case like this."

Now vowing to now to establish 'Logan's Law' to aid helpless victims.

"I look and see all these people behind me. They aren't going to let it go unnoticed. They are going to fight with us every step of the way. That makes me proud to be a Woodford Countian," said Dean Tipton.

Commonwealth's Attorney Keith Eardley says he does expect the defense to file for an appeal. They have 30 days to file a notice.