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Woodward was serving a sentence through Decatur County Community Corrections when he failed to appear for a court hearing.  A warrant was issued for his arrest.  Community corrections officers located Woodward via his GPS monitor and determined that Woodward spent time at his mother’s house, his tattoo parlor, and the storage unit where he was eventually detained. A search of Woodward’s vehicle and his companion turned up THC vaping cartridges, a marijuana rolled cigarette, and a bag of methamphetamine.  A search of Woodward’s house revealed methamphetamine, marijuana, shotgun shells and casings, a scale, a grinder, vaping devices, and other paraphernalia.  Through a search of Woodward’s tattoo parlor, officers recovered shotgun, shotgun ammunition, rifle ammunition, nine-millimeter ammunition, a digital scale, marijuana, baggies with corners that had been cut off, syringes (two of which had a crystalline substance in them), rolling papers, a small tube containing a leafy green substance that smelled like marijuana, and a pill bottle labeled with Woodward’s name that contained shards of what appeared to be methamphetamine.  Finally, officers recovered a modified shotgun with a loaded magazine from the barn at Woodward’s mother’s house.

The State charged Woodward with: (1) possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, a Level 4 felony; (2) possession of methamphetamine, a Level 5 felony; and (3) possession of marijuana, a Class A misdemeanor.  Prior to trial, Woodward moved to exclude the laboratory report that analyzed the methamphetamine, arguing that receiving the report five days before his trial was undue delay under Evidence Rule 403.  The motion was denied, and Woodward did not object to the report when it was introduced into evidence.  The jury found Woodward guilty of the aforementioned crimes.  At sentencing, the trial court found that there were no mitigating circumstances, but noted Woodward’s criminal history, high likelihood to reoffend, and recent violations of the terms of his community corrections supervision.  The trial court sentenced Woodward to an aggregate sentence of thirty years.

On appeal, Woodward argues that there was insufficient evidence to support his convictions for possession of firearm by a serious violent felon and possession of methamphetamine.  Woodward further argues that the trial court erred by admitting the laboratory report concerning the methamphetamine and that his sentence is inappropriate in light of the nature of the offenses and his character.

The scheduled panelists include Judge Riley, Judge Vaidik, and Judge Tavitas.

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