According to the terms of the agreement, Murphy will be sentenced to two years in prison and four years of probation. The prison sentence will likely be reduced to one year for good behavior. Murphy will also have to register as a sex offender. Clark County Superior Court 1 Judge Vicki Carmichael said the court has not accepted the plea yet. Murphy had faced six to 20 years in prison if convicted.
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 30 at 1:30 p.m.
“About a month ago, we had our last deposition, and the defense approached me about it,” Special Prosecutor Stan Levco said in a press conference after the hearing. “I really hadn’t anticipated pleading this. I thought we’d be going to trial.”Levco said the victim, 21 at the time of the incident, will testify in the June 30 sentencing. He was prepared to testify Thursday, Levco said, but the judge told him the appropriate time to do so is at sentencing.
Levco said he is pleased with the agreement because his three goals were met — that Murphy admit what he did, be charged with a felony and spend time in prison. He added that the decision to allow into evidence the statements of three men who claim Murphy sexually assaulted them was a big factor in reaching the agreement.
Bloggers on the Left are celebrating the downfall of an obviously hypocritical man who both supported and promoted candidates with anti-gay platforms. The story was first broken by Democratic blogger Jen Wagner. This blog prominently reported on it as well, notwithstanding Murphy's party affiliation. I have always been outspoken against the religious right wing of the Republican Party, which constantly rubs their so-called "family values" views in our faces and which seeks to relegate some of our citizens to second-class status. These people hijacked the Republican Party--the party of Abraham Lincoln--after migrating over from the Democratic Party--the party of Jim Crow.
Prominent among the religious right leaders here in Indiana is Curt Smith, Director of the Indiana Family Institute. In that role, he has lobbied steadfastly in support of discrimination against gays and lesbians at the state and local level. Smith is employed by the law firm of Taft Stettinius and Hollister, LLP. It is worth noting that the presumptive Democratic nominee for Attorny General, Linda Pence, is a partner at the same firm which employs Smith. Will these same Democratic bloggers bludgeon Pence the way they did Jon Elrod simply because a consultant he hired to run his campaign used the services of an Internet company which also did work for Eric Miller? For what it's worth, I e-mailed Linda Pence after Smith testified at a public hearing against Indianapolis' HRO a few years ago to ask her how she felt about a representative of her then-law firm, Sommer Barnard, advocating discrimination in a public forum against a class of citizens. I never heard back from her. What is it they say? "The bottom line is the bottom line."