An Indiana teenager who was 12 years old when he helped kill his friend’s stepfather has a shot at freedom.
Paul Henry Gingerich turned 18 in February, and under a state law that bears his name, a judge can now consider three alternative sentencing options, including release. The judge could also transfer him to adult prison for the remainder of his 25-year sentence or place him on probation, home detention or work release.
Gingerich was believed to be the youngest person in Indiana to be sentenced as an adult. That sparked an outcry that led to “Paul’s Law,” which allows alternative sentences for juveniles who commit serious crimes.
The Indianapolis Star reports that Gingerich appeared at a hearing Friday. His attorney is asking for probation or home detention. A decision is likely by summer.