Isaiah Hagan’s 60-year sentence not changed by appeals court ruling

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Isaiah Hagan, the man convicted in the murder of Halee Rathgeber, will still be sentenced to 60 years following a recent Indiana Court of Appeals ruling.

The court ruled that three of Hagan’s convictions violated double jeopardy because they relied on the same evidence – that Hagan shot his victim.

The court said, “we remand with instructions to vacate the conviction of Murder While Committing or Attempting to Commit Robbery and to revise the conviction of Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury to the lesser-included offense of Theft, as a Class A misdemeanor. We otherwise affirm the remaining convictions and the sentence.”

However, the court said its ruling will not impact Hagan’s 60-year sentence since he agreed to it in order to avoid the possibility of life imprisonment without parole.

The court sided against several of Hagan’s appeals:

“The trial court did not abuse its discretion by admitting statements Hagan made to his mother. The trial court did not abuse its discretion by curtailing lines of cross-examination or by excluding two videos, and those evidentiary rulings did not violate principles of due process. Hagan has not demonstrated that the State hindered the jury’s ability to effectively act as the fact-finder or that he was denied an impartial judge. However, because three convictions relied upon the same evidence, we remand with instructions to remedy the double jeopardy violation.”

Read the full ruling here.

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(This story was originally published on July 9, 2019)

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