Ind. Supreme Court to review life sentence for M'ville KFC murderer

2013-02-06T19:00:00Z 2013-02-06T19:13:09Z Ind. Supreme Court to review life sentence for M'ville KFC murdererBy Dan Carden dan.carden@nwi.com, (317) 637-9078 nwitimes.com
February 06, 2013 7:00 pm  • 

INDIANAPOLIS | The Indiana Supreme Court will review on Thursday the life without parole sentence given last year to a Merrillville man who beat to death a Merrillville restaurant manager.

Ronnie Rice, now 31, pleaded guilty to murdering 61-year-old Maxine Urbanczyk during a December 2007 robbery at the KFC on U.S. 30 near Taft Street. The robbery netted about $6,000 taken from a store safe.

Under Indiana law, all life without parole sentences receive a direct review by the five justices of the state's high court.

The Supreme Court's decision on whether to affirm the life sentence or set a shorter prison term is expected later this year.

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