Opinions May 12, 2017

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Indiana Court of Appeals
Tyler Allen Whitesell v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Tyler Allen Whitesell’s aggregate sentence of six years following his guilty pleas to dealing in a narcotic drug as a Level 5 felony, two counts of dealing in a substance represented to be a controlled substance as Level 6 felonies, and theft as a Class A misdemeanor. Finds the sentence is not inappropriate.

Teasha J. Harris v. Anthony J. Harris (mem. dec.)
Domestic relation. Affirms the Marion Superior Court’s entry of judgment settling certain issues in the dissolution of the marriage of Anthony Harris and Teasha Young. Finds the trial court did not err in failing to award Young spousal maintenance, in its distribution of the marital estate, or in ordering Harris to pay some but not all of Young’s attorney fees.

Armando M. Bruno v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Armando M. Bruno’s convictions of two counts of child molesting as Class A felonies and two counts of child molesting as Class C felonies and his sentence to an aggregate term of 88 years in prison. Reverses the Daviess Superior Court order that Bruno pay $5,000 in restitution. Finds the trial court did not abuse its discretion in admitting Bruno’s recorded statement into evidence or in excluding certain evidence pursuant to the Rape Shield Rule. Also finds the evidence is sufficient to support Bruno’s convictions of Class A felony child molesting. Finally, finds the trial court’s imposition of consecutive sentences was not an abuse of discretion and that his sentence is not inappropriate in light of the nature of the offense or his character.

Kevin Pettiford v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms the revocation of Kevin Pettiford’s placement in community corrections and order that he serve the balance of his six-year sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction. Finds the Marion Superior Court did not abuse its discretion.

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