Blake Layman of the Elkhart 4 gains attention across the pond

A UK documentary that recently aired featured Blake Layman, one of the Elkhart 4. 

Posted on Aug. 7, 2014 at 8:32 a.m.

The story of one of the so-called “Elkhart 4” has gained attention across the pond. 

ITV, a U.K. TV network, aired the documentary “Kids Behind Bars” featuring Blake Layman. The documentary focused on a part of Wabash Correctional Facility where youths charged as adults are housed.

In a review of the show, the Guardian said the documentary was “a sobering look at an intractable problem.” Layman’s story was elaborated on in the review, with the Guardian saying, “If you were simply looking to be outraged by America's broken justice system, you needed to look no further than Blake.”

Layman, 18, is serving a 55-year sentence after he was convicted of felony murder in August 2013. He and his co-defendants, Levi Sparks, Anthony Sharp and Jose Quiroz, were charged in connection to the death of 21-year-old Danzele Johnson, who was shot by the homeowner when the group of five attempted to burglarize a home at 1919 Frances Ave. on Oct. 3, 2012. 

Indiana law states an individual committing a felony can be charged with felony murder if another individual dies while the crime is being committed.

Elkhart 4’s Twitter account tweeted out the story and retweeted responses to the documentary. Many people said the system was wrong.

The Elkhart 4 have been featured on ABC’s “Nightline Prime” and “Dr. Phil.”

Video is not available of the documentary because it aired in the UK.

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