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Court affirms repeat burglar’s sentence

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A man who broke into the same property repeatedly and another property at a different time could not persuade an appellate panel that his 24-year sentence was inappropriate because the crimes were from a single episode.

In affirming the sentence in Robert L. Slone v. State of Indiana, 17A03-1312-CR-496, Judge Cale Bradford wrote in a seven-page opinion that the trial court didn’t abuse its discretion in sentencing after Slone pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary under two separate cause numbers.

“Keeping the distinction between Indiana Code section 35-50-1-2(c)(2) and Indiana Code section 35-34-1-9(a)(2) in mind, we conclude that the fact that the State sought to join the charges for trial does not prove that Slone’s criminal actions arose out of a single episode of criminal conduct,” Bradford wrote for the court.
 

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