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May 18, 2017
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Indiana Court of Appeals
Deundre Rashad Kearney v. State of Indiana (mem.dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Deundre R. Kearney’s conviction of Level 3 felony armed robbery. Finds the evidence sufficiently established Kearney committed the robbery.

Darius Dashawn Anderson v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Darius Anderson’s conviction for two counts of Level 3 felony attempted robbery. Finds the evidence is sufficient to support Anderson’s convictions.

Robert Jeffers v. Keith Butts (mem. dec.)
Miscellaneous. Reverses the dismissal of Robert Jeffers’ pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus relief in which he claimed he had been improperly denied two years of educational credit time for completion of a bachelor’s degree. Finds the Department of Correction may not unilaterally and retroactively void credits that have already been accepted and applied toward an offender’s degree. Remands with instructions to the Henry Circuit Court to send the case to the DOC for a review and determination of whether Grace College originally accepted and transferred all of Jeffers’ academic credits earned from Ball State University and, if so, to determine whether with those credits Jeffers has completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree, as well as the other statutory requirements for earning the educational credit.

Casey Mae Measles v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Casey Mae Measles’ sentence to an 11-year term in the Department of Correction for her conviction of Level 3 felony aggravated battery. Finds the LaPorte Circuit Court acted within its discretion in sentencing Measles. Also finds Measles has failed to prove that her 11-year sentence is inappropriate in light of the nature of her offense and her character.

Shane Weedling v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Shane E. Weedling’s 65-year sentence for murder. Finds the sentence is not inappropriate.

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and the State of Indiana v. Adam Staton (mem.dec)
Miscellaneous. Affirms the Noble Superior Court’s order granting specialized driving privileges to Adam Staton. Finds any challenge based upon whether the lifetime suspension was administratively issued or court-ordered is waived because it was not timely made.

Robert E. Claudio v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Robert E. Claudio’s conviction for Level 5 felony dealing in a narcotic drug. Finds Claudio has failed to preserve his challenge to Juror 10. Also finds the evidence is sufficient to support his conviction.


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