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May 7, 2014

Man's sentence upheld but court to re-evaluate time

INDIANAPOLIS — An Anderson man who went on a self-proclaimed crime spree to support his drug habit had his prison sentence upheld Monday by the Indiana Court of Appeals.

However, the appellate court said Madison Circuit Court Judge Angela Warner-Sims court should re-evaluate the prison time credited to Ricky Allen Cox.

According to court documents, Cox, 36, stole scrap metal and various items from a Madison County man on Nov. 2, 2011. He was charged with theft, a Class B felony. Cox was released from the Madison County Jail on Nov. 14 and was later arrested for burglary in Hamilton County. He was sentenced to four years in the Hamilton County case.

On Feb. 13, Cox pleaded guilty to theft in Madison County. At his March 5 sentencing hearing, he admitted that he "got high on drugs and just went on a crime spree to support my drug habit." He said he had gone to abandoned houses and stole scrap items to buy Oxycontin, morphine and other opiates.

He was sentenced to 36 months in prison and for the time to be served consecutively with the Hamilton County sentence. His release date from prison is in August 2015.

Cox had received credit for serving time in the Hamilton County case. He filed an appeal asking whether the sentence was in appropriate.

The appellate court upheld his sentence but asked the Madison County court to re-evaluate his credit time.

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