Paul Stucker Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison

Paul D. Stucker
Paul D. Stucker
A Scott County man was sentenced to 45 years in prison for the murder of an inmate while they were both incarcerated in the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City.

Paul Stucker, 53, was convicted of murder following a trial on Feb. 13, 2014. Stucker was found to have doused Johnny Hodge with several gallons of a liquid accelerant and burned alive while locked in his cell. This happened in 1983.

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Indiana State Prison Employee Arrested for Trafficking

Phyllis Ungerank
An Indiana State Prison employee was arrested after a drug trafficking investigation was completed.

Phyllis Ungerank, a nurse with Corizon Medical, was arrested for trying to traffic marijuana and for possessing marijuana inside the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. A check-point officer reportedly found Ungerank trying to take a package of marijuana inside the jail with her on Sunday, March 18th.

She is currently in the LaPorte County Jail. Trafficking of marijuana carries a sentence of up to eight years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Indiana State Prison to Celebrate Sesquicentennial

Indiana State Prison
Indiana State Prison

The Indiana State Prison in Michigan City is having a Sesquicentennial Celebration on Thursday, December 9th in the facility’s Religious Services Center at 9:00 a.m. CT.

Indiana State Prison 1904
Indiana State Prison 1904

The Indiana State Prison is home to nearly 1,800 maximum security adult males and 300 minimum security males. The State Prison was established in 1860 as the second state prison in Indiana. The Prison Board purchased 100 acres of land from Chauncey Blair for $4,500 in 1860 and the first 100 inmates from Jeffersonville, Indiana were housed in a temporary brick building surrounded by a wooden fence.