Why Brutal Attacker's Prison Sentence Was Reduced by 36 Years

By Scott Sarvay

July 2, 2010 Updated Jul 2, 2010 at 6:11 PM EDT

ALLEN COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - The State Supreme Court is ordering an Allen County judge to reduce the sentence of a young man convicted of a brutal attack at the Brighton Meadows apartment complex.

20-year-old Austin Knight was 17-when he rejected a plea offer and was convicted by a jury, and sentenced to 70-years in prison.

The Supreme Court acknowledged that Judge John Surbeck properly sentenced Knight, but said in a 3-to-2 decision that because a co-defendant about the same age had "his" sentenced reduced by the Court of Appeals, Knight should be re-sentenced to the same number of years.

The move essentially cuts 36-years off the original sentence.

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