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3 originally sentenced for murder face burglary sentences

January 7, 2016

Three northern Indiana men sentenced to 50 or more years in prison before the Indiana Supreme Court overturned their murder convictions could be out of prison before the end of the year after being sentenced on felony burglary charges.

Elkhart Circuit Judge Terry Shewmaker on Thursday sentenced Levi Sparks to nine years in prison and Blake Layman and Anthony Sharp to 10 years. The men's attorneys say because of time served and credit for good behavior, they could be released from prison this year.

Authorities say the men were trying to burglarize an Elkhart home in 2012 when the homeowner opened fire, killing an accomplice. They originally were convicted under a state law that allows murder charges if someone is killed during the commission of another felony.

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