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Marion County releases information on the sentencing and guilty plea in the shooting from January 2019



Indianapolis, Indiana – In accordance with previously revealed court records in Marion County, a man was given a 20-year jail term in January 2022 for a shooting that occurred in January 2019 on Indianapolis’ north side.

Samuel Newson entered a guilty plea to one count of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury in November 2022. This was in regard to a January 2019 homicide in which Svitlana Novotney, 19, was found shot to death inside a car in north Indianapolis by police.

Previous sources state that Novotney was declared deceased at the spot. In April 2020, Newson was detained for his part in the killing.

Following his guilty plea, Newson was given a 20-year prison term in January 2022. According to court records, Newson will then complete three years of probation and two years of home detention.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office stated that the case’s materials were “sealed as confidential” and could not be released until other cases that were connected to it were finished in late 2021.