Lafayette man sentenced for holding people against their will

Photo courtesy  Tippecanoe County Jail
Photo courtesy Tippecanoe County Jail

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A Lafayette man is sentenced to five years after he held several people against their will and pistol whipped one of them.

Herbert Kochell II, 21, pleaded guilty last month to three felonies, including battery with a deadly weapon.

Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington said Kochell got upset after he was kicked out of a strip club in December and held several people, including his sister, against their will in a home. At one point, he even fired a gunshot into the wall in the direction of someone who was hiding in the laundry room.

Kochell was sentenced to two years in prison, two years in community corrections and one year of supervised probation. provides commenting on many stories to allow for constructive discussion. In order to comment, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms and Conditions. Anyone violating these terms, including the use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinion of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, flag it so our moderators can review.

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