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Supreme Court revises felony sentence

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Four Indiana justices decided that a man who pleaded guilty to Class B felony possession of cocaine should have been sentenced to 12 years instead of 20.

In the per curiam opinion, Rondell Walker v. State of Indiana, 34S02-1206-CR-346, Rondell Walker appealed the 20-year sentence imposed after his participation in drug court was terminated. He pleaded guilty to the charge following his arrest for drug crimes and related offenses after he was stopped by police for a traffic infraction within 1,000 feet of a family housing complex.

The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed, but a majority on the Supreme Court decided to revise Walker’s sentence to 12 years, citing Abbott v. State, 961 N.E.2d 1016, 1017-1019 (Ind. 2012).

Justice Mark Massa voted to deny transfer to the case. The justices affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeals in all other respects.


 

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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!!!

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  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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