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Mitchell man gets 15 years for hotel-room assault

A Mitchell man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for severely beating another man in a local hotel room in May.

Larin Hannel, 30, was sentenced Tuesday during court at the Davison County Public Safety Center.

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Hannel was arrested May 19 for aggravated assault against Daniel Kenyon. Judge Tim Bjorkman sentenced Hannel to 15 years in prison and gave him credit for 127 days served.

“I’m mindful of your abusive childhood,” Bjorkman said. “Unfortunately, it’s no excuse for your conduct.”

A police affidavit says Hannel assaulted Kenyon in Kenyon’s hotel room, after Kenyon had allegedly made a sexual advance toward Hannel. Hannel beat Kenyon and broke his jaw and ribs, caused cuts to his face, head and forearms, and caused two black eyes and two bite marks. Kenyon had his mouth wired shut and was placed on a ventilator to assist with breathing.

Assistant Davison County State’s Attorney Bob O’Keefe said the facts warranted the maximum sentence of 15 years.

“This was not just an assault that went too far. This was a torturous few hours of assaults taking place in a motel room,” O’Keefe said. “This was a torture-type beating.”

O’Keefe said Kenyon suffers ongoing psychological problems and sleeping issues. He said Medicaid paid for Kenyon’s hospital and medical bills.

He asked for Hannel to pay for any future medical costs for Kenyon as he may need reconstructive surgery.

Hannel said he apologized to Kenyon and his family and hopes they can forgive him someday.

“What you did to Mr. Kenyon was cruel; it was vicious, brutal. Despite his pleas for you to stop, you continued to assault him and kick him,” Bjorkman said.

Hannel must also pay $1,745.50 to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund, pay the victim for any future medical costs, pay the Medicaid program for the cost of Kenyon’s treatment, and pay court-appointed attorney fees.

Hannel’s first parole eligibility will be in May 2022.