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November 20, 2013

Sentence upheld in child support case

INDIANAPOLIS — A man who received two years in prison for non-support of a dependent child had his sentence upheld Wednesday by the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Carlowe Wilson, of Plainfield, Ill., had been sentenced to two years in prison and one year in community corrections after pleading guilty to the Class D felony in Madison Circuit Court 4 in Anderson.

In 1994, Madison Superior Court ordered Wilson, a former foreman at a semi-truck cleaning service, to pay $25 a week to support one of his four children. He has not been employed since 2009, according to court documents.

By December 2012, Wilson owed $7,702.75 for that child. He had amassed more than $43,000 in child support arrears for all of his four children. He pleaded guilty in February 2013 and was sentenced in April.

He appealed his case saying his sentence was inappropriate in light of the nature of the offenses and his character. He said he had to care for his father who had multiple sclerosis and that Wilson “does not believe himself to be the same person he used to be.”

The court of appeals affirmed the sentence saying he had shirked his responsibility to provide for his children.

The court cited the Judge David Happe’s comments at his Madison County hearing: “We’re not here to try and get you to pay. We’re here to determine what level of responsibility you should have ...

“You brought children into this world, four of them. As a parent, your chief moral and legal responsibility is to provide for your children and you didn’t do that.”

“You sat back and did other things. You’ve got a history of gun, battery, burglary charges. And you chose to live that lifestyle instead of supporting your children and that has consequences.”

— The Herald Bulletin

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