Teen gets second chance in court

A Kosciusko County boy who went to prison at the age of 12 for conspiracy to commit murder is receiving a second chance to be tried in juvenile court.

Paul Gingerich, 15, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2010 for his involvement in the murder of his friend’s stepfather. Back in December, the Indiana Court of Appeals threw out the teen’s guilty plea and punishment. They said the judge rushed when he waived the case to adult court and have ordered a new hearing to determine if Gingerich should be tried as a juvenile.

The Attorney General’s office appealed the ruling to the state supreme court but the court refused to take up the challenge.
The next step for Gingerich is a new hearing in Kosciusko County to determine whether he should be tried as a juvenile or adult. According to the Indy Star, the hearing could come within the next three months.

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