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245-year sentence affirmed in Hovey Street slayings

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The gunman who pleaded guilty to four murders in the 3200 block of Hovey Street in Indianapolis was properly given and deserved a 245-year sentence for the crimes, the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

The court affirmed Ronald Davis’ sentence, rejecting his arguments that it violated terms of his plea agreement, that the court abused its discretion in sentencing, and that the sentence was inappropriate.

“Davis is a dangerous person from whom society must be protected. In light of Davis’s character and the particularly heinous nature of the crime, we conclude that his 245-year sentence is not inappropriate,” Judge Ezra Friedlander wrote in a unanimous opinion.

Davis was among four people who hatched a plan to break into the house and steal a large amount of marijuana and cash they believed was inside. Finding none, Davis found Gina Hunt and her 23-month-old son, Jordan, and Andrea Yarrell and her five-month-old daughter, Charlii, hiding between a bed and a wall in a back bedroom.

Davis shot and killed them all at close range.

“The trial court properly indicated at the guilty plea hearing that Davis faced a maximum sentence of 280 years in prison. Davis, in fact, received a sentence below the maximum in part because the trial court ordered (conspiracy counts) to be served concurrently with one of the felony-murder counts. The 245-year sentence imposed clearly did not violate the terms of the plea agreement,” Friedlander wrote.

“Davis cannot seriously challenge his sentence on the basis of the nature of the offense, which is among the most heinous in Indiana’s history,” the judge wrote.

 

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  1. What is this, the Ind Supreme Court thinking that there is a separation of powers and limited enumerated powers as delegated by a dusty old document? Such eighteen century thinking, so rare and unwanted by the elites in this modern age. Dictate to us, dictate over us, the massess are chanting! George Soros agrees. Time to change with times Ind Supreme Court, says all President Snows. Rule by executive decree is the new black.

  2. I made the same argument before a commission of the Indiana Supreme Court and then to the fedeal district and federal appellate courts. Fell flat. So very glad to read that some judges still beleive that evidentiary foundations matter.

  3. KUDOS to the Indiana Supreme Court for realizing that some bureacracies need to go to the stake. Recall what RWR said: "No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!" NOW ... what next to this rare and inspiring chopping block? Well, the Commission on Gender and Race (but not religion!?!) is way overdue. And some other Board's could be cut with a positive for State and the reputation of the Indiana judiciary.

  4. During a visit where an informant with police wears audio and video, does the video necessary have to show hand to hand transaction of money and narcotics?

  5. I will agree with that as soon as law schools stop lying to prospective students about salaries and employment opportunities in the legal profession. There is no defense to the fraudulent numbers first year salaries they post to mislead people into going to law school.

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