"I'm not a bad person. I just made a bad choice." - Colt Lundy

Teen Sentenced to 30 Years for Killing Step-Father

By Scott Sarvay

September 27, 2010 Updated Sep 27, 2010 at 7:14 PM EDT

WARSAW, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The 15-year-old Kosciusko County boy who admitted to shooting and killing his step-father is sentenced to 30 years behind bars.

"I'm not a bad person. I just made a really bad choice," an emotional and apologetic Colt Lundy told the judge today.

He said he hoped the judge would give him the opportunity to one day prove that he is capable of doing good things. He also told the judge, "I know how many people I've affected and I wish they didn't have to go through all this."

Judge Rex Reed said he his goal was to achieve justice, or as he put it, "Reason without passion."

Thirty-one people wrote the judge letters about the case. All but two asked for leniency for Lundy or talked about his character, including one letter from his bus driver. Another was from a teacher, and many more came from family members.

Judge Reed sentenced Lundy to 30 years, with the last five years being served under probation. He'll also get credit for time served - 152 days.

Although sentenced as an adult, the judge is also strongly recommending that the Department of Correction enter Lundy into their Youth Offender Program at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility until his 18th birthday.

Earlier this month, Lundy testified he and 12-year-old Paul Gingerich waited on his 49-year-old stepfather, Phillip Danner, to arrive at his Cromwell home.

Police say Lundy and Gingerich shot Danner two times each, killing him. Another 12-year-old kept watch outside. Police say the three boys took Danner's truck and headed for Arizona where they planned to sell t-shirts. However, they were pulled over before reaching their destination.

In a plea agreement, the prosecution dropped murder and aiding murder charges in exchange for today's guilty plea on the class A felony conspiracy to commit murder.

Warsaw Resident Kristi Angiano saw the commotion outside of the court house today and stopped to see what was happening. When hearing that Lundy had received 30 years in prison, she said, "He's going to miss out on a lot. But he's the one who chose to shoot his dad so I wouldn't know what went through his head."

Her sister, Amy Angiano said, "It's reasonable for somebody who would take somebody's life."

Today prosecutors said they expect to go to trial over the fate of 12-year-old Gingerich in February.

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