Teen killer’s Friday hearing will determine fate

Both photos show Paul Gingerich. Gingerich was sentenced at the age of 12 for his role in the killing of his friend's stepfather. (Provided Photo/WANE)
Both photos show Paul Gingerich. Gingerich was sentenced at the age of 12 for his role in the killing of his friend's stepfather. (Provided Photo/WANE)

WARSAW, Ind. (WANE/AP) — A northern Indiana teenager who was 12 years old when he helped kill his friend’s stepfather has a shot at freedom. Paul Gingerich, now 18 years old, has a hearing Friday morning where his future will be decided.

Gingerich is believed to be the youngest person in Indiana to be sentenced as an adult. He helped 15-year-old Colt Lundy shoot and kill Lundy’s stepfather in 2010 at his home near Lake Wawasee. Each boy fired two shots.

Gingerich was sentenced to 25 years in prison, which he has been serving in juvenile detention.

He turned 18 in February. According to “Paul’s Law,” which was named after him, he can now be considered for alternative sentences.

Three results could come from Gingerich’s hearing Friday. The judge could set him free, he could be transferred to adult prison to serve the rest of his 25-year sentence, or he could be placed on probation, home detention or work release.

According to court records, Gingerich’s attorney is asking for probation or home detention.