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The Indiana Court of Appeals has reduced the sentence of a defendant who used brass knuckles to injure a couple and then struck a victim’s father with his car, finding the 11-year sentence was inappropriate in light of the offenses and the defendant’s character.

In Buck Gleason v. State of Indiana, No. 48A02-1106-CR-630, Buck Gleason appealed his convictions of and sentence for Class C felony battery with a deadly weapon; Class A misdemeanor battery resulting in bodily injury; Class D felony criminal recklessness while armed with a deadly weapon; and Class A misdemeanor failure to stop after an accident resulting in injury. Gleason went to the home of Amber Ball Kilgore and her fiancé, Mark Goodman, seeking money that Goodman’s former boss apparently owed Gleason. The couple testified they saw Gleason put on his hand what looked like brass knuckles before he struck Goodman in the back of the head. Gleason also hit Kilgore in the arm with the brass knuckles. When fleeing the home, Gleason’s car’s side-mirror struck Goodman’s father, knocking him down and injuring him.

The judges found sufficient evidence to support the convictions, but ordered that Gleason’s sentence be revised. While he has a criminal history, the judges found it was not “particularly egregious” and didn’t justify enhancing the Class D felony to the maximum of eight years. They ordered his sentence be revised to an aggregate term of six years.  

 

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  1. Well, maybe it's because they are unelected, and, they have a tendency to strike down laws by elected officials from all over the country. When you have been taught that "Democracy" is something almost sacred, then, you will have a tendency to frown on such imperious conduct. Lawyers get acculturated in law school into thinking that this is the very essence of high minded government, but to people who are more heavily than King George ever did, they may not like it. Thanks for the information.

  2. I pd for a bankruptcy years ago with Mr Stiles and just this week received a garnishment from my pay! He never filed it even though he told me he would! Don't let this guy practice law ever again!!!

  3. Excellent initiative on the part of the AG. Thankfully someone takes action against predators taking advantage of people who have already been through the wringer. Well done!

  4. Conour will never turn these funds over to his defrauded clients. He tearfully told the court, and his daughters dutifully pledged in interviews, that his first priority is to repay every dime of the money he stole from his clients. Judge Young bought it, much to the chagrin of Conour’s victims. Why would Conour need the $2,262 anyway? Taxpayers are now supporting him, paying for his housing, utilities, food, healthcare, and clothing. If Conour puts the money anywhere but in the restitution fund, he’s proved, once again, what a con artist he continues to be and that he has never had any intention of repaying his clients. Judge Young will be proven wrong... again; Conour has no remorse and the Judge is one of the many conned.

  5. Pass Legislation to require guilty defendants to pay for the costs of lab work, etc as part of court costs...

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