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July 25, 2013 8:46 am

Powell man sentenced for fighting with sword

Written by CJ Baker

A Powell man who used a sword in a November altercation with his roommate has been placed on probation.

Matthew J. Thull, 23, pleaded no contest to aggravated assault, a felony, as part of a plea deal with the Park County Attorney’s Office.

Accepting the agreement, District Court Judge Steven Cranfill sentenced Thull to five years of supervised probation and credited him for the 30 days he spent in jail after his arrest. Four to six years of prison time was suspended. Thull must also pay $245 to the court and $1,045.19 to cover his roommate’s medical bills as part of the sentence handed down July 17.

The roommate, Antroine Smiley, told police that early on Nov. 4, Thull kicked in a bathroom door, made threats, yelled expletives about unpaid rent and swung at him with a Japanese-style sword known as a katana, wrote Powell Police Officer Jason Pellegrino in an affidavit. Smiley told police he was cut by the sword on both hands after raising them up to protect himself, Pellegrino wrote.

However, Deputy Park County Attorney Tim Blatt said the investigation by law enforcement ultimately determined Smiley had been cut trying to grab and wrest the sword away from Thull.

“Apparently, he (Thull) was drunk and stumbling and he didn’t use the sword to cause any injuries,” Blatt said. That factored into the deal that was offered, he said.

Both Thull and Smiley had been drinking that night; Thull initially told police he didn’t remember much.

Smiley’s whereabouts have been unknown to police since February, police records indicate. That’s when a still-active municipal court warrant — for an unrelated disorderly house citation — was issued for his arrest.


  • Comment Link July 25, 2013 11:34 am posted by SuperSixOne

    Good Lord, See what playing Dungeons and Dragons or World of Warcraft does to a man's mind? I thought men fought with fists? Yep, the end is near.

  • Comment Link July 25, 2013 3:11 pm posted by -__-

    Give a guy video game and some manga and boom! We got a swords master...

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