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Hamilton man sentenced to prison

Hamilton man sentenced to prison

1 year, 1 month ago by Scott Hardy

James Carel gets 7.5 years after 2021 incident

A Hamilton man, who’s pleaded Guilty to a count of trying to murder someone in a Hamilton home in 2021, is going to prison.

James Carel was in Hancock County Circuit Court Wednesday, where he was sentenced to 7 and a half years in prison. He will get credit for spending over 1 year in the Hancock County Jail. Carel will have to serve 85 per cent of his sentence. He'll also have 3 years' supervised release and have to pay $21,000 in fines and court costs. Carel pleaded Guilty in mid-February to one Class X count of Attempted 1st Degree murder. The plea was part of a settlement with prosecutors. In return, they dropped a second Class X count of Attempted 1st Degree Murder, along with a Class X count of Home Invasion and one count of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm. Hamilton police say the incident happened around 12:30 A.M. the morning of March 12th, 2021 at a home in the 300 block of North 7th Street.

A report says that police found evidence that the gun had been fired in the home, and that Carel had been disarmed and then subdued by someone in the home.

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