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Man Sentenced To 1 Year Probation In Attack On Muslim Woman

Triceten Leaving

A former Indiana University student plead guilty Monday to attacking a Muslim woman outside Bloomington’s Sofra Café.

Police say in October 2015, then 19-year-old Triceten Bickford grabbed the back of the woman’s neck with one hand, pushing her face down. He also attempted to pull off her headscarf, strangling her momentarily.

The attack happened in front of the woman’s 9-year-old daughter.

Bickford was arrested and expelled from Indiana University following the incident.

Bickford appeared in court Monday to plead guilty to an amended level 6 felony: battery with moderate bodily injury.  A Monroe County judge sentenced Bickford to 356 days probation to be served in Allen County, where he is a resident.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Department of Justice opened a hate crime investigation but concluded that the attack was not racially fueled.

Bickford cites mixing alcohol while taking a prescribed medication for depression as the reason for the attack. The 20-year-old says this was the first time he had binge drank in his life.

"It started with a couple cans of beer," Bickford said in court. "I lost track of how much I had. I honestly can't remember how many shots I took."

Bickford says the last thing he remembers is attempting to get back to his dorm around 5 p.m. the day of the attack before waking up in a jail cell.

The female victim did not appear in court, but Bickford said he wants her to know he is sorry.

"What I did that night contradicts everything that I was built on," he said in court. "Not a day goes by that I don't feel remorse."

Bickford says he feels especially remorseful for the attack happening in front of the woman's daughter.

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