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Thursday, January 07, 2016

Ind. Courts - "New sentences come today in Elkhart Four case after murder charges dismissed"

Updating this post from Dec. 9th, the sentencing hearing began at 8:30 a.m. today, Jan. 7, for Levi Sparks, Blake Layman and Anthony Sharp. The same judge, Elkhart Circuit Court Judge Terry Shewmaker, who presided in August 2013, will preside over the re-sentencing hearing.

Kristine Guerra of the Indianapolis Star has this story today. A quote:

The new sentencing hearing for three of four men who have come to be known as the Elkhart Four is likely the end of a saga that brought attention to a controversial and highly criticized law that allows prosecutors to charge someone with murder even in accidental or unintended deaths. Under Indiana's felony murder statute, a person can be charged with murder if someone is killed while he or she is committing a violent crime.

Elkhart Circuit Judge Terry Shewmaker will re-sentence Levi Sparks, Blake Layman, Anthony Sharp for burglary after the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that that is the only crime the three are guilty of. The high court's five justices threw out the young men's murder convictions last September.

Sharon Hernandez of the Elkhart Truth has this long story this morning. Hernandez is at the courthouse this morning. She tweets:
We're not allowed to use our phones in the courtroom, but I'll be sending updates as I can.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 7, 2016 08:52 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts