US attorney praises ruling on domestic battery law

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A U.S. attorney says a decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that found violations of Indiana’s domestic battery statute are violent felonies will help keep victims safe from attackers.

U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett said Friday the decision resolves a debate about whether domestic battery in the presence of a child qualifies as a “violent felony.”

The case stems from the conviction of 35-year-old Joseph Johnson of Indianapolis, who was sentenced to 15 years for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Johnson argued he should not have received an enhanced sentence because domestic battery in the presence of a child is not a violent felony. The appeals court ruled in a Feb. 26 decision that domestic battery is properly classified as violent. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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