Stepfather’s killer seeking lesser sentence

September 27, 2018

A Kosciusko County man sentenced at age 15 to 25 years in prison for killing his stepfather will ask a judge to reduce his sentence.

Colt Lundy, 23, filed a motion Friday in Kosciusko Circuit Court to modify his sentence. Judge David C. Cates is scheduled to consider the request Oct. 4.

Lundy and Paul Gingerich, then 12, shot Philip Danner to death in his Cromwell home on April 20, 2010. Both boys pleaded guilty as adults to charges of conspiracy to commit murder, and Lundy was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Gingerich : believed to be the youngest person ever sentenced in Indiana as an adult : received the same sentence, but a judge later assigned him to a prison for juveniles. Court records show he completed Allen County’s Re-entry Court program in July.

Lundy, Gingerich and other boys hatched a plan to run away and sell T-shirts, according to court documents. Lundy said he’d have to kill his stepfather before he could go.

Each armed with a gun, Lundy and Gingerich waited for Danner, 49, to come home and opened fire as he walked into the living room.

Lundy asks a judge in court documents filed by Warsaw attorney David Kolbe to serve the rest of his sentence on home detention.

″(Lundy) has continuously served the sentence ordered by this court in the Indiana Department of Correction without adverse incident and with having completed all programs available to him, including obtaining a higher education degree,” the motion states.

He is housed at the Westville Correctional Center and could be released in May 2020, according to the Department of Correction website.

The case was closely watched, and Gingerich, now 20, appealed and won a right to retrial. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced again to 25 years but was allowed to stay in juvenile prison.

In 2013, state lawmakers passed legislation giving judges more flexibility in sentencing. Dubbed “Paul’s Law,” the measure allows judges to allow services such as counseling, treatment and educational opportunities.


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