Former Purdue student sentenced in phone cord attack

Photo shows Boda Wu from a previous arrest. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A former Purdue student who attacked another student on campus and tried to strangle her with a phone cord will be released from jail Tuesday.

Earlier this month Boda Wu pleaded guilty but mentally ill to battery by means of a deadly weapon. That plea deal was accepted by Tippecanoe Circuit Court Judge Tom Busch Tuesday.

As part of the deal, Wu was sentenced to time served which Tippecanoe County Prosecutor Pat Harrington said is 366 days. He’s also ordered to return to his home country of China. A flight itinerary was entered as evidence during Tuesday’s sentencing hearing. It stated Wu will be flying from Chicago O’Hare International Airport to China Wednesday morning.

Judge Busch said if Wu does not get on the plane, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be notified and he will be deported.

Judge Busch said he thinks the time Wu has served in the Tippecanoe County Jail and area hospitals for psychiatric evaluations fit the crime.

The plea stems from a 2014 incident when Wu attacked a female student and wrapped a phone cord around her neck. She managed to scream and get untangled from the cord. According to court documents, that’s when Wu grabbed her throat with both hands. Witnesses got hold of Wu and held him down until police arrived.

At the hearing, Purdue police gave Wu’s passport and visa back to him which were taken away while he was in custody. He was also served a letter saying he is never allowed back on Purdue’s campus.

Four other charges were dismissed when the plea deal was accepted.

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