Opinions Oct. 19, 2021

Indiana Court of Appeals
Richard Allen Byrd v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms the Howard Circuit Court’s sentencing of Richard Allen Byrd to an aggregate of five years, with three years suspended to supervised probation, for his convictions of Level 6 felony sexual battery. Finds Byrd’s guilty plea isn’t substantially mitigating as he gained a benefit by having Level 4 felony child molesting charges exchanged for Level 6 felony battery convictions. Also finds the executed portion of his sentencing appropriate.

Christopher T. Chance v. State of Indiana (mem. dec.)
Criminal. Affirms the Ripley Circuit Court’s 20-year sentence of Christopher T. Chance after he pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary in one case and a third count in a second. Finds the court’s sentencing wasn’t inappropriate.

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