The youngest person ever sentenced as an adult in Indiana is heading back to court.
“The Indianapolis Star” says Paul Gingerich’s case will go before the appeals court at the end of October.
You may remember Gingerich is spending 25 years in prison for his involvement in the murder of a friend's stepfather in Kosciusko County.
Paul Henry Gingerich was 12 years old when in 2010 he was sentenced as an adult to 25 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder. His attorney, Monica Foster, says Gingerich wasn't competent to stand trial as an adult because of his young age. She also contends that the four days his attorneys were given to prepare arguments that the case should stay in the juvenile courts was inadequate.
The Indiana Court of Appeals announced Tuesday that it would listen to oral arguments from the case on Oct. 30.
Gingerich and a friend who was 15 at the time, Colt Lundy, fired four bullets into Lundy's stepfather, Phil Danner, in their northern Indiana community of Cromwell. The case was moved into adult court and Kosciusko Circuit Judge Rex Reed rendered the sentence.
Gingerich, who is now 14, has so far served his sentence at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility after prison officials determined putting him in an adult prison, as his sentenced prescribed, would have been dangerous. Still, he could eventually be transferred to the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility in Carlisle, where Lundy is a prisoner.