Jose’s Plea Deal — 44 Days to Determine the Rest of his Life


In October/November 2012 Jose Quiroz was given 44 days to make the most important decision of his life. He had been offered a plea deal, by Elkhart Prosecutor Curtis Hill, that would see him serve 45 years in prison for the murder of his friend, even though Jose has never killed anyone. He was 16-years-old at the time. He had

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Supreme Court Update 2


BREAKING NEWS — Several sources close to members of the Elkhart 4 have revealed that the Indiana Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case in January 2015.  Sources say the Indiana Supreme Court is looking to hear argument from lawyers representing Blake Layman, Levi Sparks and Anthony Sharp.  As well the Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments from the State of

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MTV to Feature ‘Levi Sparks’ of the Elkhart 4


According to IMDB (Internet Movie Database) MTV will be doing an episode on The Elkhart 4 entitled ‘Levi Sparks’ — This is part of a series called One Bad Choice — IMDB suggests the episode will air January 1, 2015 — More details as they become available (confirmed by the Indiana Department of Corrections in this newsletter )  

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Supreme Court Transfer Update 1 — Indiana Public Defender Council


We learned this week that Levi Sparks, Blake Layman and Anthony Sharp have all submitted petitions to the Indiana Supreme Court to have their cases transferred to that Court.  Over the next few weeks we will be examining the briefs filed by the different parties asking for the transfer.  We will also explore the brief filed by the state. The

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Layman, Sparks and Sharp File Briefs with the Indiana Supreme Court


Blake Layman, Levi Sparks and Anthony Sharp have now all appealed their felony murder conviction to the Indiana Supreme Court. This is the logical next step after the ruling of the Indiana Court of Appeals that saw their sentences reduced to the minimum, but did not reverse the convictions. In the case of Layman and Sparks their appeal to the

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A New Editorial in the Goshen News — Are they correcting errors they made during the trial?


A year ago today we wrote a blog post entitled “Does the Goshen News Favor Curtis Hill”. In this post we accused the Goshen News of taking a pro Curtis Hill slant in its coverage of Blake Layman, Levi Sparks and Anthony Sharp’s trial. We concluded our article on the biased reporting by saying, This case will continue with appeals but

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A Very Good Result — Now to the Indiana Supreme Court


The Indiana Court of Appeals issued its rulings Friday on the appeals filed by Blake Layman, Levi Sparks and Anthony Sharp. The rulings upheld the felony murder convictions for all three, but ordered all three sentences reduced to the minimum — 45 years (with 10 years probation). On the surface many might think that this blog would be disappointed with

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