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Kosciusko man asks for reduced sentence in 2010 stepfather murder

September 26, 2018
A Kosciusko County man sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing his stepfather at age 15 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 inside his home on April 20, 2010. Both boys pleaded guilty as adults to charges of aiding in a 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.   According to court documents, Lundy, Gingerich and other boys hatched a plan to run away to sell T-shirts. Lundy told the boys he’d have to kill his stepfather before he could leave.   Lundy and Gingerich waited for Danner to come home and killed him as he entered the living room, court documents say.   Lundy asks a judge in court documents to allow him to serve the rest of his sentence on home detention. He is housed at the Westville Correctional Center and could be released in May 2020, according to the Indiana Department of Correction.   For more on this story, see Thursday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette or return to www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Thursday.   mleblanc@jg.net
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