Opinions Feb. 23, 2018

February 23, 2018

Indiana Supreme Court
Jacob O. Robinson v. State of Indiana

Criminal. Affirms Jacob Robinson’s convictions of attempted residential entry as a Class D felony, resisting law enforcement as a Level 6 felony and his admission to being a habitual substance offender, as well as his three-year sentence on the attempted residential entry charge. Finds the Floyd Circuit Court did not abuse its discretion in denying Robinson’s motion for a continuance. Also finds Robinson’s sentence for attempted residential entry is not inappropriate.

Indiana Court of Appeals
Johnus L. Orr v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)

Criminal. Affirms Johnus Orr’s convictions in the murders of Tiffanie Adams and her unborn child and his sentence to an aggregate term of 120 years. Finds the Sullivan Superior Court did not abuse its discretion in admitting evidence, instructing the jury or sentencing Orr. Also finds there was sufficient evidence to support Orr’s convictions, and his convictions did not violate double jeopardy principles. Finally, finds Orr’s sentence is appropriate given the nature of the offenses and his character.

In the Matter of the Termination of the Parent-Child Relationship of B.D., Mother, and S.D., Minor Child, B.D. v. Indiana Department of Child Services, and Child Advocates, Inc. (mem. dec.)
Juvenile termination of parental rights. Affirms the termination of B.D.’s parental rights to her child, S.D. Finds the Department of Child Services presented sufficient evidence that termination was in the child’s best interests and that adoption was an appropriate plan.

Stanley Short v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Post-conviction. Affirms the denial of Stanley Short’s petition for post-conviction relief. Finds the post-conviction court properly found Short did not receive ineffective assistance of trial counsel.

Michael Leroy Thomas, Jr. v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms Michael Leroy Thomas, Jr.’s aggregate four-year sentence for his convictions of three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, all as Level 5 felonies. Finds the Vanderburgh Circuit Court did not abuse its discretion in sentencing Thomas. Also finds Thomas’ sentence is not inappropriate.

Nakomi Tamasha Neal v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms the revocation of Nakomi Tamasha Neal’s probation. Finds the St. Joseph Superior Court did not abuse its discretion when it ordered Neal to execute his previously suspended 10-year sentence in its entirety.