Sanford v. State, 042716 INSC, 49S05-1604-PC-210
|Opinion Judge:||PER CURIAM.|
|Party Name:||Ronald L. Sanford, Jr., Appellant (Petitioner below), v. State of Indiana, Appellee (Respondent below).|
|Attorney:||ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLANT Stephen T. Owens Public Defender of Indiana James T. Acklin Chief Deputy Public Defender ATTORNEYS FOR APPELLEE Gregory F. Zoeller Attorney General of Indiana Angela N. Sanchez Deputy Attorney General|
|Case Date:||April 27, 2016|
|Court:||Supreme Court of Indiana|
Appeal from the Marion Superior Court, No. 49G04-8804-PC-40167 The Honorable Lisa F. Borges, Judge The Honorable Anne Flannelly, Magistrate
On Petition to Transfer from the Indiana Court of Appeals, No. 49A05-1506-PC-485
In 1987, thirteen-year-old Ronald Sanford and a friend forced their way into the home of Sanford's elderly neighbors, robbed them, and stabbed them to death. The State initially charged Sanford as a juvenile, but he was waived into adult court and charged with multiple felonies, including two counts of murder. Represented by a public defender, Sanford pleaded guilty to two counts of murder, one count of class A felony robbery, and one count of class B felony burglary, and the State dismissed the remaining counts. The plea agreement left sentencing to the discretion of the trial court, and in 1989, when Sanford was fifteen, the court sentenced Sanford to an aggregate term of 170 years in the Department of Correction. The trial court never advised him that he had the right to appeal his sentence.
Beginning in 1991, Sanford attempted to obtain his trial court transcripts to prepare a petition for post-conviction relief. Over the next four and a half years, all six of Sanford's requests for transcripts were denied. After these repeated denials, Sanford felt he had reached a dead end. Then, beginning in 2004, Sanford again began seeking copies of his transcripts and other case filings. His motion requesting transcripts was denied by the trial court. His public records request to the Marion County Clerk's Office could not be fulfilled because the original case file and the microfilm were missing from the clerk's records. Sanford thus received only copies of filings made beginning in 2005. In July 2006, Sanford filed a pro se PCR petition and request for transcripts. The trial court granted his request for transcripts, but nearly two years later Sanford still had not received the transcript of his plea hearing, and after filing multiple...
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