Appeals court cuts prison term for man who rammed C.P. cop

2013-06-25T18:45:00Z 2013-06-25T23:18:11Z Appeals court cuts prison term for man who rammed C.P. copDan Carden, (317) 637-9078
June 25, 2013 6:45 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Court of Appeals on Tuesday shaved 2.5 years off the prison sentence of a region man who deliberately drove into the patrol car of a Crown Point police officer during a chase.

Timmy T. Zieman, now 37, formerly of Crown Point and Lynwood, Ill., was convicted of attempted murder in 2010 after ramming Sgt. John Allendorf Jr. near 93rd Street and Broadway on Dec. 5, 2008. Zieman was fleeing police following a domestic argument.

A Lake County jury also convicted Zieman of resisting law enforcement as a Class C felony, because he used a vehicle and caused bodily injury, and criminal recklessness.

He was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

In a 3-0 decision, the appeals court reduced the resisting law enforcement conviction to a Class D felony, determining it was likely the jury enhanced the crime using the same evidence as the attempted murder conviction, in violation of Indiana's "double jeopardy" standards.

The sentence reduction means Zieman, who also was found mentally ill and is currently incarcerated in a prison psychiatric unit, will be eligible for possible release in 2025 instead of 2027.

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