A decision on a modification to the 18-year sentence of Bradley D. Long was denied by Putnam County Circuit Court Judge Matthew L. Headley Tuesday.
The court concluded that merely being in the process of rehabilitation does not compel a reduction or modification of sentence. Long will continue to serve his 18-year sentence at Pendleton Penitentiary.
According the document filed in circuit court by Judge Headley, "this Court concludes that Defendant Brad Long took the life of another human being with his bare hands. If defendant continues to be a model prisoner and he qualifies for the Department of Corrections two day for one day served sentence, plus the other time cuts he testified to, plus the sentence that the Court of Appeals thought to be appropriate, he may be out in as little as six to seven actual years."
Long pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Putnam County resident Kelcey Sullivan in 2006. He was sentenced to 20 years with a two-year suspension.
Sullivan was beaten and strangled to death following an argument between the two men at Long's residence just west of U.S. 231 on U.S. 40, in 2005.