Local Teen Re-Sentenced for Murder

Published 02/03 2014 07:17PM

Updated 02/04 2014 08:51AM


A Warsaw teenager who admitted to a 2010 murder appeared in court today. At just 12 years old, Paul Gingerich of Kosciusko County was originally sentenced to 25 years behind bars, with five additional years of probation. Today, the prosecution agreed to new terms of his sentence.

Now a teenager, Paul Gingerich has spent close to four years behind bars for murder. This is the second go around for Gingerich. He was originally given 30 years to life in prison, now a special judge from Whitley County is upholding that sentence, but with a twist.

A new law put into place last summer changes the way juvenile offenders are punished for their crimes. Paul’s Law has allowed 15 year old Paul Gingerich to possibly see the outside of a cell when he turns 18. Kosciusko County Prosecutor Daniel Hampton explains.

"The only thing that will change is the level of monitoring his actions, he will not be a free person. He still has a 30 year sentence," said Hampton.

Gingerich has been in the Pendleton Juvenile Facility since he was 12 years old. In 2010 he plead guilty to the murder of his friends step father Phil Danner.

Paul’s Law will bring Gingerich back to court anytime between his 18th and 19th birthdays. At that time, he will be evaluated for his behavior.

"His place can either stay the same and he will then be in the maximum security facility in the department of corrections or it can be reduced down levels. We will continue the monitoring of his actions for the full 30 year sentence," said Hampton.

Hampton says there are some options for Gingerich that include house arrest, a halfway house or a work release program.

Some of the murder victims family members are worried about Gingerich's next hearing when he turns 18 fearing that he could be released under Paul’s Law. Prosecutor Hampton told WFFT that won't happen because of Monday’s new agreement, Gingerich must serve the remaining time of his 30-year sentence under state supervision.


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