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Firefighters Sentenced for Violence at Party

(Michigan City, IN) - Two Michigan City firefighters have been sentenced in connection with violence at a drinking party. Darren Kaletha and Brad Kreighbaum were given probation on misdemeanor counts of battery last week. 


Another firefighter, Austin Swistek, has filed a motion to dismiss the charges against him. A hearing on his motion is scheduled in May.


According to court records, an off-duty firefighter was knocked unconscious when he fell out of a chair and struck his head on the floor during the party about a year and a half ago. In addition, there were allegations of physical contact occurring later.


After having too much to drink, one of the firefighters went to bed. Swistek allegedly removed his clothes and pretended he was having sex with the firefighter while sleeping. Authorities say a video of the activity was later shown to the wife of the sleeping firefighter.

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