Tyrone Winkleman convicted of kidnapping, robbing army veteran

Tyrone Winkleman faces up to 150 years of imprisonment. He'll be sentenced Thursday, April 17.

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 6:13 p.m.

GOSHEN — An Elkhart man found guilty of robbing, beating and kidnapping an Army veteran will be sentenced Thursday, April 17, in Elkhart Circuit Court. 

Tyrone Winkleman, 34, was convicted after a two-day jury trial in March. The jury found him guilty of robbery, kidnapping, criminal confinement and carjacking. Winkleman faces up to 150 years in prison. 

James Armagost, 68, the victim in the case, testified during the trial, giving a detailed account of the night of July 25, 2013. 

Armagost said he approached Winkleman outside a hotel on the north side of Elkhart when he thought Winkleman was having a seizure.

As Armagost got closer, Winkleman punched him in the face, breaking Armagost's nose. When Armagost was taken to the hospital the next day, he was told he had 30 pieces of broken bone in his nose. 

Winkleman took Armagost's truck keys and drove him around the city, stopping on several occasions to lock Armagost in a shed, to get money from Armagost's bank account at an ATM and to buy alcohol. 

Winkleman took Armagost back to the hotel, from where Armagost escaped and called for police. Winkleman was arrested at the hotel, according to the probable cause affidavit for his arrest. 

The Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office filed charges against Winkleman for an unrelated incident — a robbery that took place earlier in the day in downtown Elkhart. 

Winkleman's sentencing hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.


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