Dayton man sentenced to 37 years for beating, robbing 86-year-old

The jury trial for Jacob McDaniel is underway in Tippecanoe County. (WLFI Photo)
The jury trial for Jacob McDaniel is underway in Tippecanoe County. (WLFI Photo)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A 21-year-old Dayton man who a jury found guilty of confining, beating and robbing an 86-year-old Lafayette man was sentenced to 37 years Monday.

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington told News 18, Jacob McDaniel was sentenced to 37 years, 32 of which will be executed in the Department of Corrections. Five years of the sentence will be on probation with three of those served at Tippecanoe County Community Corrections.

As News 18 reported in October, a jury found McDaniel guilty on all his 11 charges: robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, criminal confinement, battery resulting in serious bodily injury, auto theft, theft, possession of marijuana and five counts of invasion of privacy.

Investigators said McDaniel beat and tied up then-86-year-old Kenneth Nice at Nice’s home on the 900 block of Brick N’ Wood Drive in February. Nice told police he was letting McDaniel stay with him, until he suspected McDaniel was on drugs and kicked him out.

According to court documents, when McDaniel came over to talk about it, that’s when Nice says McDaniel hit him over the head and knocked him out. The next thing Nice knew, he was tied up and robbed. Nice said McDaniel took his car, dog, and other belongings.

Authorities located McDaniel less than two hours later. Police recovered Nice’s car, dog and several belongings.