Paul Henry Gingerich, a convicted killer at age 12 is now free at 19 and living in Indiana with his mother, but still faces electronic monitoring for another year.
Gingerich and Colt Lundy, who was 15, pleaded guilty in 2011 of conspiracy to commit murder for shooting and killing Lundy’s stepfather Phil Danner in Kosciusko County Indiana, the Indianapolis Star reported.
They were both sentenced to 25 years in prison, making Gingerich one of the youngest in the history of the state to be sentenced as an adult. With the help of Indianapolis attorney Monica Foster, Gingerich was retried at 15 under new sentencing rules that allowed him to be monitored in the juvenile prison system.
Last October, Kosciusko County Judge James Heuer ruled that Gingerich was eligible to take part in the Community Transition Program there and received 180 days for “earned good time credit,” WANE-TV reported.