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Judges affirm 53-year sentence for bank shooting

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The man who shot a pregnant teller in Indianapolis, leading to the death of her twins, had his sentence on remand upheld by the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Brian Kendrick was convicted of Class A felony attempted murder, Class B felony robbery, two counts of Class C felony feticide, and Class A misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license for his role in the 2008 robbery of a Huntington Bank and shooting Katherine Shuffield in the abdomen. He appealed his convictions and 53-year sentence, and the Court of Appeals ordered the feticide convictions vacated on the basis of double jeopardy and ordered Kendrick resentenced.

The trial court again resentenced him to an aggregate term of 53 years.

“While Kendrick’s sentence for Class A felony attempted murder increased from thirty years to thirty-eight years, his aggregate sentence, fifty-three years, did not change. Therefore, the trial court did not impermissibly increase Kendrick’s sentence,” Judge Melissa May wrote in Brian Kendrick v. State of Indiana, 49A05-1206-CR-314.

 

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  4. I am sorry to hear this.

  5. I tried a case in Judge Barker's court many years ago and I recall it vividly as a highlight of my career. I don't get in federal court very often but found myself back there again last Summer. We had both aged a bit but I must say she was just as I had remembered her. Authoritative, organized and yes, human ...with a good sense of humor. I also appreciated that even though we were dealing with difficult criminal cases, she treated my clients with dignity and understanding. My clients certainly respected her. Thanks for this nice article. Congratulations to Judge Barker for reaching another milestone in a remarkable career.

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