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Conviction, 30-year sentence affirmed in armed robbery

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A man who, with other masked gunmen, robbed an Indianapolis Asian market lost his appeal Thursday.

Kenneth McBride could not convince a panel of the Court of Appeals that his convictions on two counts of Class B felony criminal confinement, three counts of Class B felony robbery and two counts of Class C felony battery were fundamental error or that his 30-year sentence was improper.

The panel affirmed the judgment of Marion Superior Judge Kurt Eisgruber in Kenneth McBride v. State of Indiana, 49A05-1211-CR-547. McBride could not prevail on arguments that he did not make a knowing, voluntary and intelligent waiver of his right to counsel when he was allowed to represent himself, or that evidence from a “show-up” identification procedure was obtained improperly.   

Judge John Baker also noted McBride’s sentence was not inappropriate given the nature of the offense and McBride’s character.

"Our review of the record reveals that McBride committed multiple crimes of violence. McBride and the other men robbed the victims while armed with guns that they used to physically assault the victims. They also bound the victims with duct tape and confined them in the kitchen with guns pointed at them. And finally, they engaged in this conduct in the presence of a six-year-old boy," Baker wrote.


 

 

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  4. I am the mother of the child in this case. My silence on the matter was due to the fact that I filed, both in Illinois and Indiana, child support cases. I even filed supporting documentation with the Indiana family law court. Not sure whether this information was provided to the court of appeals or not. Wish the case was done before moving to Indiana, because no matter what, there is NO WAY the state of Illinois would have allowed an appeal on a child support case!

  5. "No one is safe when the Legislature is in session."

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