‘Sketchy’ comment leads to violent attack of stranger

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man was sentenced to 70 months in prison for attacking a stranger who was trying to buy snacks for his family. 

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said 55-year-old Kory Thomle was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to one count of 2nd-degree assault. 

That assault took place Aug. 12, 2018, at a convenience store in the 7100 block of Southeast Powell Boulevard. 

Bill Nickelby says he was attacked with a bat by a homeless man on August 12. (Courtesy of Kim Nickelby)

Portland police officers had received a 9-1-1 call about a man lying unconscious on the ground and bleeding from his head. 

Officials learned that the victim had gone to the store to buy snacks for his family after spending the first part of the day at a community event. 

While he was at the store, Thomle approached him and asked him to buy some beer, according to court documents. 

The victim refused and said something to the effect of “that’s sketchy” to Thomle. 

Thomle later told officials that after being called “sketchy,” he decided to stand outside of the store and wait for the victim to come back out. 

Thomle, who was holding a baseball bat, jumped the victim and grabbed him by the throat. As he choked him, Thomle punched the man in the face, knocking him unconscious. 

The victim fell and hit his head on the asphalt. 

In court on Tuesday, he told the jury that he woke up the day after the attack in a hospital with a skull fracture and a brain bleed. He can no longer hear in one ear and may have permanent loss of smell. 

On Wednesday, Thomle told the DA that he was changing his plea after hearing the victim’s testimony. He pleaded guilty to the single count of assault. 

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