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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ind. Decisions - Supreme Court posts a second opinion today

In Ronnie Jamel Rice v. State of Indiana, an 11-page, 5-0 opinion, Justice Massa writes:

Ronnie Jamel Rice appeals the trial court’s sentencing order, arguing it improperly relies on non-statutory aggravators as a basis for imposing a sentence of life imprisonment without parole. Because we believe the order as revised comports with our precedent and does not represent an abuse of the trial court’s discretion, we affirm. * * *

We find the trial court’s revised order meets the test outlined in Harrison and the trial court did not abuse its discretion. Further, Rice fails to persuade us that his sentence is inappropriate. For these reasons, we affirm the trial court.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 16, 2014 02:37 PM
Posted to Ind. Sup.Ct. Decisions