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Levi Sparks' Story.
Levi Sparks at age 17 with some friends broke into the residence of Rodney Scott, operating under the belief that he was not home. When Scott heard noises he armed himself with a gun, called 911, and confronted the teenagers. He fired shots at them. In response, the teens attempted to escape from the home, including one who jumped through a window to avoid being shot. Scott injured one teen and killed the oldest member of the group – 21 year old Danzele Johnson. As a result of this incident, the prosecutor of Elkhart County, Curtis Hill, is holding all of the surviving teens responsible for felony murder. Felony murder is treated exactly as first degree premeditated murder except there is no requirement for the prosecution to prove the person charged had any intention of committing murder. The problem here is that these teenagers did not commit murder. Their friend was killed as a result of the alleged break in, but these teenagers are being held accountable for this death as though they planned it and committed it themselves.
Levi Sparks, 18 years old today, was UNFAIRLY found "guilty" of Felony Murder and was sentenced to 50 years, a mitigated sentence because he was not inside the home during the time of the burglary. Sparks also was fined $10,000, which was suspended. He received credit for time served.