Preble County, Ohio Prosecutor's OfficeMartin P. Votel, Prosecuting Attorney

Angel Hernandez Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison

Published on January 19th, 2016


Eaton man convicted of Aggravated Burglary and felonious Assault for September 14, 2015 attack on a mother and her five-year-old daughter pleas and is sent to prison.

On Tuesday, January 19, 2016, Angel Hernandez of Eaton, Ohio was sentenced to nine (9) years in the custody of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections. Hernandez had previously entered pleas of guilty to “Aggravated Burglary”(R.C. 2911.21(A)(1)), a felony of the first degree, two counts of “Felonious Assault” (R.C. 2903.11(A)(2)), felonies of the second degree, and one count “Assault”(R.C. 2903.13(A), a felony of the fifth degree.

The offenses occurred on September 14, 2015 in the City of Eaton. The defendant showed up at the residence of Ms. Vicki Halveland and began banging on the door. Ms. Halveland told the defendant to leave and threatened to call the police. The defendant then broke into the home through the kitchen window and broke down the bedroom door in order to reach Ms. Halveland. Once inside, the defendant held Ms. Halveland at knife point, and then held the knife on her five-year-old daughter Alyvia, threatening to kill the child. Ultimately, Ms. Halveland and the child escaped through the bedroom door and ran to a neighbor’s house. While the defendant was incarcerated pending trial, he punched a corrections officer at the jail, resulting in the addition charge of “Assault”, a felony of the fifth degree.

The State of Ohio was represented by Prosecuting Attorney Martin P. Votel at all stages of the case, with the defendant’s representation provided by attorney James Vanzant. The state argued for the maximum sentence of eleven years incarceration, citing the nature of the offense and this defendant’s significant violent criminal history, including nearly twenty years served behind bars before committing the present offense.

Prosecuting Attorney Martin P. Votel: Any man who would break into the home of a defenseless person and assault a five year old girl with a deadly weapon deserves to be segregated from society for as long as possible. Angel Hernandez has a lengthy history of violent crime, including Robbery and Attempted Aggravated Assault with a Handgun, and his behavior in this case is consistent with his violent nature. The Eaton Police Division did an excellent job investigating this case and ensuring that justice was done.