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In 'Exceptional' Ruling, State Supreme Court Revises Woman's Drug-Related Sentence

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Livingston at her recovery home, The Breakaway, before her sentencing in March. (James Vavrek, WTIU/WFIU News)

Indiana's Supreme Court recently revised the drug-related sentence of a woman who started a recovery home for women after multiple arrests. 

An Orange County judge sentenced Lisa Livingston in March to 30 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to dealing meth and other charges stemming from a 2013 arrest.

In an opinion issued last week, the state’s highest court revised her sentence to a mandatory 23 years in community corrections. Stating the case was “exceptional” the court relied on an appellate review statute to lessen the sentence.

Livingston's attorney, Jennifer Culotta, says the court revising a sentence like that is rare.

"We are ecstatic. This is the right decision," she says. "It’s the right result. Lisa is, and was, an extraordinary person."

Culotta says Livingston could be released from prison within weeks and transferred to Floyd County's community corrections program. From there, she’s likely to return to her recovery home the Breakaway, which she founded in 2017.

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