UPDATE: According to Kosciusko County Prosecutor Dan Hampton: “He will be in the re-entry program for at least one year, followed by community corrections/home detention, and probation. In other words, the original order that Judge (James) Heuer entered last year is still in effect. The newest order was just a clarification of (Paul) Gingerich’s report date for the Allen County reentry program and the supervision of that Court.”
KOSCIUSKO COUNTY — Paul H. Gingerich, 19, who has been in prison since his participation in the murder of Phillip Danner in April 2010 will soon be under home detention.
A telephone hearing was conducted Feb. 21, between Special Judge James R. Heuer, Kosciusko County Prosecutor Dan Hampton and Monica Foster, Gingerich’s counsel, for modification of the court’s Oct. 28, 2016, order. That ruling was Gingerich would continue to serve the rest of the original 30 year sentence but spend 300 days in an Adult Level 2 Facility followed by home detention and 10 years probation.
Heuer issued an amended order Thursday, March 2. It states: “As of the date of this order (March 2) the court modifies the defendant’s earliest projected release date in order to make the defendant eligible for 120 days CTP effective March 13. The remainder of the defendant’s sentence is modified to Allen County Community Corrections Court Program for a minimum of one year, where he shall serve the remainder of his executed sentence on home detention/electronic monitoring, if eligible, while complying with all requirements of the re-entry court program and home detention monitoring and pay all required fees.”
The case has now been venued to the Allen Superior Court re-entry court program under the supervision of Judge John Surbeck.
There is no notation regarding the remainder of his sentence being served on probation. Hampton nor Foster were available at this time for clarification.
Gingerich was sentenced in January 2011, at 12 years of age, to 25 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with five years suspended and to be served on probation, for the offense of conspiracy to commit murder, a class A felony. He appealed and won. Through a plea agreement Feb. 3, 2014, he was given the same original sentence, but under “Paul’s Law,” his case would be reviewed when he reached the age of 18. He turned 18 Feb. 17 and the review began April 22, 2016 and was continued until Oct. 28, 2016. The judge modified the sentence Oct. 28, 2016.
Gingerich has served most of his sentence at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility. He has been at the Correctional Industrial Facility, Pendleton, since Oct. 28, 2016.