Messel will get credit for good behavior and time already served.
Although Indiana still offers a larger discount for felony sentences than most states, it is much lower than it used to be.
The aftermath of the tornadoes that ripped across the state this week, the Wrongful Conviction Center at IUPUI and Indiana’s sentencing guidelines.
The U.S. Attorney General's proposal seeks to reduce sentences for low-level drug offenses and place people in rehabilitation facilities instead of prisons.
When the criminal code bill came to the Senate floor, only the worst offenses, murder and level one felonies, were ineligible for suspended sentences.
Financier Tim Durham's lawyer says the government's recommendation of up to 225 years in prison is unreasonable, considering the severity of the convictions.
Legislators are considering sentencing people committing low-level felonies to probation rather than prison.