LOD Justice Information

This page lists federal, state and county court proceedings, parole, clemency and any other justice system hearings related to law enforcement line of duty injuries and deaths.

Pruitt appeal denied, 65-year murder sentence stands

The Indiana Court of Appeals has denied convicted killer Tommy Pruitt’s appeal of his 65-year prison sentence for the killing of Morgan County Sheriff’s Department Warrant Officer Daniel Starnes.

The appeals court issued its decision May 16 and affirmed it Wednesday.

In May 2016, following a sentencing hearing, Dearborn Circuit Court Judge James D. Humphrey sentenced Pruitt, now 55 years old, to 65 years in prison.

Read the entire article:  http://www.reporter-times.com/news/local/pruitt-appeal-denied--year-murder-sentence-stands/article_20a5210a-a6bf-5b77-8092-efddd4a76621.html#utm_campaign=blox&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

UPDATE:  Parole DENIED on 8/22/17! The IN Parole Board vote was  unanimous 5-0 ! 

Hello everyone,

Officer James Allen Hornaday was with the Speedway Police Department when on April 30, 1995 at 2:00am at 6200 Crawfordsville Road in Speedway he was shot in the line of duty. Thankfully, Officer Hornaday survived. He is now a police officer with IMPD.  
Officer Hornaday endured 13 major surgeries from 1995-2001. He was wearing his vest but the bullet entered below his vest. In his own words...
..."I was wearing my vest, but unfortunately the bullet entered below the vest, in and out of my bladder, colon and then lodging in my tailbone.  I had a colostomy for 8 months, it was reversed an Ileostomy, bladder tube, catheter, abdominal drainage tubes and was in ICU for 10 days.  I was lucky.  The bullet went between the arteries leading to and from my lower body.  If the bullet had nicked one of them I would have bled out in 2 minutes. "
 The offender, Michael Passmore was convicted and sentenced to a 45 year sentence.  He was mandatorily released in 2013 after serving only 19 years. With less than a year into his parole he was arrested for being intoxicated and on prescription drugs, - passed out in an McDonald's drive -thru in Avon. The offender was 22 at the time of the shooting. Not even a bachelor's degree while in prison made any difference.
**The public hearing will be held Tuesday,  August 1, 2017 at 8:30am, Indianapolis, at the INDY Govt. Center South, 402 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, Room W466.  If you wish to attend the hearing please respond no later than Wednesday, July 26, 2017 so that I can provide the IN Parole Board and IMPD Officer Hornaday with this information.  Also if you intend to speak, let me know in your response.

 Additionally, the offender will have his parole hearing on August 22, 2017 thus, please collect signatures in support of Officer James Hornaday and his fight to keep the offender in prison as long as possibly allowed by law. PLEASE DO SO NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, AUGUST 17, 2017~ 
Attached is the petition to circulate & below are the instructions on how to submit them. Please do so no later than Thursday, August 17, 2017 to allow me sufficient time to get them to the Parole Board.

·         US MAIL- IN Parole Board, Indiana Govt. Center South, 402 West Washington St, Room W-466, Indianapolis 46204. (If you mail the petition, please let me know via email as I  let the family member(s) know who all petitions come from in support of them).

·         Electronically - At the request of the IN Parole Board, please email them to me at this email address. I will forward them to the Parole Board.   jan_star29@hotmail.com

·         Fax -  to 317-232-5738 (if you  fax the petition, please let me know via email as I let the family member(s) know who all petitions come from in support of them).

 Again thank you for your continued support! Your signature MATTERS!

       Janice Starnes

Parole Denied!

In a 4-0 vote, parole was denied for the offender in the James Boyce, Jr. case.  Thank you for your calls, petitions, and emails.  They worked!!!

Gary Police Officer James R. Boyce, Jr. was killed in the line of duty on October 5, 1974.  His offender was sentenced to life. However, he is eligible for parole every 5 years and has a parole hearing coming up on November 1, 2016.

Attached is the petition, please circulate for signatures to help keep the offender in prison.  Please feel free to circulate to your groups so that we can obtain as many signatures as possible by October 31, 2016.

You can either email them back to me and I will forward them to the IN Parole Board, or you can fax them to the IN Parole Board at 317-232-5738. You can also mail them to:

Indiana Parole Board
Indiana Government Center South
402 W. Washington St., Room W-466.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Thank you everyone for your continued support!


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