Man gets 10 years for hitting person with vehicle, fleeing

COLUMBIA CITY — A 20-year-old Warren man was sentenced to 10 years by Whitley Circuit Court Judge Matthew Rentschler on June 11 after admitting to intentionally hitting someone with his vehicle and fleeing.

Jordan Langston was sentenced for one count of aggravated battery causing serious bodily injury, a Level 3 felony, and one count of leaving the scene of aggravated battery, a Level 6 felony.

Langston’s mother testified on his behalf.

“Jordan has ADHD,” she said, adding, “if he were on his medicine, this wouldn’t have happened.”

She said the offense was conclusively a result of her son getting “mixed up with wrong people,” a perspective also supported by Langston’s attorney, Anthony Churchward.

Acknowledging the “wrong people” Langston was involved with, Churchward said, “These are two groups of young people in conflict. There was some contribution here by the victim and his party.”

Langston had admitted responsibility for the offense in a police interview and read a written apology to the victim during his sentencing. Despite Langston’s mother, grandmother and attorney speaking of his character, prosecuting attorney, D.J. Sigler and Judge Rentschler felt Langston’s apology was relevant, but not sufficient.

“For me, this is not a problem of character. This is a math problem with numbers,” said Sigler.

The first number Sigler focused on was 52 — the number of feet the victim was thrown in the air after being hit with the car. The second number was 37 —37 degrees was the angle at which the victim landed on the car. The last number was 25 — the speed Langston was driving when he hit the victim.

Langston was sentenced to 10 years for one count of aggravated battery — eight to be served at the department of corrections and two years suspended. For one count of leaving the scene of an accident, Langston was sentenced to two years to be served concurrently.

In other Whitley County Circuit Court news:

Mary Finney pleaded guilty to escape, a Level 5 felony, after escaping the work release program for nine days. Finney was sentenced to four years of incarceration, followed by two years to be served at the department of corrections. Finney’s sentence is to begin June 30, the day after her current sentence ends.

Bradley Schuman, 46, changed his plea from not guilty to guilty on one count of battery on a person less than 14 years old, a Level 5 felony. Schuman is set to be sentenced July 9.

Lukas Kingslien, initially charged with four counts, entered a plea of guilty on one count of dealing a controlled substance, a Level 2 felony punishable by 15 years. Kingslien is set to be sentenced on July 9.

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