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Justices take case, revise sentence

November 7, 2012

In a divided per curiam opinion released Wednesday, the Indiana Supreme Court granted transfer to a case and agreed that a man’s aggregate sentence for criminal recklessness and criminal mischief should be revised to four years.  

Michael Kucholick was convicted of Class C felony criminal recklessness and Class B misdemeanor criminal mischief for shooting twice at the home of the landlord of his girlfriend after the landlord obtained a civil judgment against her for unpaid rent. The trial court sentenced Kucholick to an enhanced term of seven years for criminal recklessness and six months for criminal mischief, to be served concurrently.

A divided Court of Appeals found Kucholick met his burden of establishing that his sentence was inappropriate and ordered it revised to two years executed in community corrections program and two years suspended to probation.

In Michael Kucholick v. State of Indiana, 12S02-1211-CR-630, Justices Robert Rucker, Steven David and Mark Massa agreed that “a modest sentence revision is warranted,” upholding the aggregate four year sentence imposed by the Court of Appeals. They found nothing particularly aggravating or mitigating on balance with regards to Kucholick’s character.

Chief Justice Brent Dickson agreed the justices should take the case, but believed the trial court’s sentence should be affirmed.  

 

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