Justices uphold sentence for kidnapping jail officer

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In a four-page per curiam decision, the Indiana Supreme Court reinstated the trial court’s 47-year sentence of Roger Bushhorn, who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his escape, kidnapping and assault of jail officials.

Bushhorn coordinated the escape attempt with two inmates. The men created “shanks” to use. Bushhorn and the two men rushed jail officer Vicki Day, handcuffed her and took her chemical agent container. One of the inmates stabbed Day. Bushhorn sprayed chemical agent at two responding jail officers, and the three inmates handcuffed them. Shortly thereafter, the three men were apprehended.

Bushhorn pleaded guilty to kidnapping Day, confining the other two officers, and attempted escape. He was sentenced to 47 years with three years suspended. The Court of Appeals revised his sentence, believing Bushhorn met his burden of establishing that the sentence was inappropriate. It revised to 35 years.

But the justices believed the trial court sentence was not inappropriate under Appellate Rule 7(B) and there was no abuse of discretion. They summarily affirmed the Court of Appeals in all other respects.

Justice Sullivan voted to deny transfer to the case.



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  1. So the prosecutor made an error and the defendants get a full remedy. Just one short paragraph to undo the harm of the erroneous prosecution. Wow. Just wow.

  2. Wake up!!!! Lawyers are useless!! it makes no difference in any way to speak about what is important!! Just dont tell your plans to the "SELFRIGHTEOUS ARROGANT JERKS!! WHO THINK THEY ARE BETTER THAN ANOTHER MAN/WOMAN!!!!!!

  3. Looks like you dont understand Democracy, Civilized Society does not cut a thiefs hands off, becouse now he cant steal or write or feed himself or learn !!! You deserve to be over punished, Many men are mistreated hurt in many ways before a breaking point happens! grow up !!!

  4. It was all that kept us from tyranny. So sad that so few among the elite cared enough to guard the sacred trust. Nobody has a more sacred obligation to obey the law than those who make the law. Sophocles No man is above the law and no man is below it; nor do we ask any man's permission when we ask him to obey it. Obedience to the law is demanded as a right; not asked as a favor. Theodore Roosevelt That was the ideal ... here is the Hoosier reality: The King can do no wrong. Legal maxim From the Latin 'Rex non potest peccare'. When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal. Richard Nixon

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