Court upholds sentence in beating death of 60-year-old woman

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld a 60-year prison sentence for a 21-year-old Gary man in the beating death of a 60-year-old woman.

The (Munster) Times reports the appeals court released its ruling Monday in the case of Ahkeem Scott-Manna. He was convicted and sentenced last year in the 2012 death of his neighbor, Dorothy Griffin, who died three days after she was attacked.

Scott-Manna argued in his appeal that Griffin identifying him in the attack shouldn’t have been allowed as evidence at trial because it violated his right to confront witnesses against him. The appeals court ruled that the identification was admissible because it was needed to resolve an ongoing emergency situation.

The defense also argued that Scott-Manna’s sentence was too long because he didn’t mean to kill Griffin, among other reasons. 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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