Indiana Supreme Court overturns felony murder conviction for three of 'Elkhart 4'

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

The Indiana Supreme Court overturned the felony murder convictions for three Elkhart men part of the group known as “The Elkhart 4.”

The court ordered Elkhart Circuit Court to find Levi Sparks, Blake Layman and Anthony Sharp of burglary as a Class B felony, which comes with a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Sparks, Layman and Sharp were found guilty of felony murder in August 2013 and sentenced to 50 to 55 years in prison for their parts in an October 2012 burglary in which a co-conspirator was shot and killed. A fourth defendant, Jose Quiroz, pleaded guilty to felony murder and was sentenced to 45 years in prison and 10 years on probation.

Quiroz was not mentioned in the Indiana Supreme Court’s ruling.

The Indiana Supreme Court originally heard the Elkhart 4 case in February.