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(UPDATED) Troopers investigate alleged jailhouse attack on man accused of punching girl

Byron Edward Syvinski in court on Friday, June 10. (BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News)Byron Edward Syvinski in court on Friday, June 10. (BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News)

3:25 p.m. UPDATE: Judge Patrick Hanley has denied Syvinski's motion for lowered bail and release to a halfway house. Syvinski appeared in court today with his left arm in a sling and what looked to be a bruise under his eye.


From Casey Grove --

Byron Syvinski, the Anchorage man accused of punching a 7-year-old girl multiple times in the head in June, is now seeking lower bail and release to a halfway house.

Syvinski's court-appointed attorney, Assistant Public Defender Jeff Robinson, is expected to argue at a bail hearing today that his client was beaten in jail, according to prosecutors.

Alaska State Troopers are investigating a July 31 assault on Syvinski by another inmate or inmates at the Anchorage jail, a trooper spokeswoman said. She declined to say what kind of injuries Syvinski suffered.

Syvinski, 32, is charged with robbery and multiple assault counts for the alleged June 5 attack on his Eide Street neighbors.

In an email to reporters on Wednesday, Anchorage District Attorney Adrienne Bachman said Syvinski, through his lawyer, is asking "to reduce his current $50,000 bail (plus a court-approved third party custodian) to zero bail and release to a halfway house."

Prosecutors will oppose the bail modification, she wrote.

The bail hearing is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. at the Nesbett Courthouse.

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