Byron Syvinski has been convicted of assault and robbery charges after he beat up a then-seven-year-old. The 34-year-old from Anchorage was trying to steal the girl’s bike while high on bath salts.
On Wednesday, Syvinski was convicted of robbery and six counts of assault for the June 2011 attack, where he punched Am-Marie Martin in the head.
Martin was knocked unconscious when Syvinski hit her several more times.
KTUU reported that the child, who is now eight years old, was present in the courtroom to hear the verdict. However, she did not testify during the trial.
Am-Marie suffered from skull fractures and a brain injury. Although she has recovered, her mother claims that her daughter still suffers from headaches and has difficulties reading and writing.
Police described Syvinski as delirious during his arrest. The defense claim that the attack was on bath salts, but there were no traces of the drug in his system following the attack.
During the trial, the doctor who treated Syvinski after the attack confirmed the diagnosis of drug-induced psychosis, rejecting the idea that the defendant was suffering from a mental illness.
Earlier this week, Martin’s mother, Andrea Dunwoody, took the stand and told the jury about the events of June 5, 2011.
‘I saw her laying on the ground, she was coming in and out of consciousness, she was crying. I tried to calm her down and told her not to move and that everything was going to be okay,’ said Dunwoody, according to KTVA.
Syvinki allegedly tried to steal a bag from a young neighbor. After he attacked the teenager and his father, he began attacking Martin, who was standing in her driveway, the Anchorage Daily News reported.
Syvinski punched Martin twice in the head and took her pink bicycle, prosecutors said. He then hit her several more times and went through her pockets.
Neighbors held down Syvinski until police arrived.
In the course of the trial, the jury also learned that the day before the attack, Syvinski was taken to the Providence Alaska Medical Center‘s psychiatric unit threatening suicide, and was discharged with a diagnosis of insomnia.
State court records show that Syvinski has a long history of criminal charges and convictions, including theft, firearms violations, assault, robbery, and domestic violence.
Dunwoody said she planned to sue Syvinski for daughter’s medical bills. She is also suing the people responsible for his release from the mental hospital.
Martin told reporters outside of the courtroom that she was happy with the verdict.
Like I can finally go outside without someone being right next to me.
Syninski never took the stand. He faces up to 41 years in prison when he is sentenced on October 26.