Ballentine v. State - 9/23/14

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Tuesday  September 23, 2014 
1:00 PM  EST

1 p.m. 20A03-1402-CR-84. East Noble High School, Kendallville. After a traffic stop along the Indiana Toll Road led to a search of the van he was driving and the discovery of a handgun, a plastic bag containing marijuana, a scale containing cocaine residue, a drug ledger, a bag containing $1,753 in cash, and a bag full of empty plastic baggies, William Ballentine was charged with Class C felony possession of cocaine, Class A misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license. He appeals following his conviction for possession of cocaine as a Class C felony and possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor. Ballentine argues first that the State of Indiana did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he constructively possessed or had knowledge of the presence of the marijuana and cocaine that were discovered in the vehicle he was driving. He further contends that his aggregate six-year sentence is inappropriate in light of the nature of the offense and the character of the offender.

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