Appeals Court Confirms Verdict In Martinsville Shooting Case

The Indiana Court of Appeals says the case was properly waived to an adult court even though the defendant was 15 at the time of the shooting.

Michael Phelps

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Phelps walks out with law enforcement officials after being sentenced to 30 years in prison and five years probation.

The Indiana Court of Appeals has affirmed the guilty verdict and sentence of Michael Phelps, the Martinsville teenager who admitted to trying to kill his schoolmate. The court said Phelps, who was 15 at the time of the shooting, was properly waived to adult court.

Phelps was found guilty and sentenced last year to 30 years in prison. He admitted he tried to kill Chance Jackson at Martinsville West Middle School in March 2011. The court said the judge‘s ruling that Phelps was beyond the help of the juvenile justice system was correct and that most programs would not have taken him in because he was a violent offender.

The court also stated the length of the sentence was appropriate.

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