Man Involved in Robbery Turned Homicide Case Will Face a Jury for Second Time
Written by Whitney Wetzel
Last updated on January 22, 2013 @ 7:10PM
Created on January 22, 2013 @ 2:22PM
A Marion County man who was on trial more than a year ago, for a robbery turned homicide case, was back in court Tuesday to be sentenced on more charges. But, the case took an interesting turn once the man found out his sentence, and now may face a jury yet again.
In December 2011, a jury found William "Billy" Horton guilty of conspiracy to commit a felony and not guilty of kidnapping, all in connection with a robbery that ended in the death of John Cottingham in 2010. The jury couldn't agree on four other robbery and burglary charges.
Instead of going to trial for the second time, Horton entered an Alford plea to first degree robbery in November 2012.
At his sentencing hearing Tuesday, Judge Michael Aloi handed down a 20 year sentence, after hearing more than 45 minutes worth of testimony from the defense, prosecution, and Horton himself. That's when Horton told the court he thought he would only receive a 10 year sentence as a part of his plea agreement.
Due to that misunderstanding, Horton withdrew his Alford plea, his sentence was revoked, and now the case will go back to trial. He will now face a total of four charges: two counts of first degree robbery and two counts of nighttime burglary. Each of those charges carries a 10 year sentence.
Horton is already serving two to 10 years in prison for the conspiracy charge, and other drug crimes that aren't related to this case.
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