ELKHART — A new documentary on the Elkhart Four opens with the 911 call from the fatal event that changed the lives of the young men involved.

“1275 Days” ends with a continuous shot of one of those men, Blake Layman, fighting back tears as he leaves prison after serving a fraction of the 55-year sentence he was faced with when he was convicted of felony murder. The law allowed him and friends Jose Quiroz, Anthony Sharp and Levi Sparks to be held responsible for the death of Danzele Johnson, who was shot by a homeowner while they were committing a burglary in October 2012.

(4) comments

Joe King

Has any of the”kids” made restitution to the homeowner? Will the proceeds of the film go to the real victim in this? Who had no choice but to defend himself? The homeowner? I hate when they play the victim card..they weren’t...they chose to commit a crime..a serious one when they picked up a knife in the victim’s house. Kids may be kids, but I and most others didn’t choose to commit felonies growing up..

fire111

Shocker! Joe and I totally agree!

sammiesosa

Totally agree. The homeowner also has to live with this for the rest of his life. I feel bad for him.

sidearm

This article also throws more shade on Curtis Hill for doing his job. Coincidence?

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.