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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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