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Pittman gets double life sentence without parole plus 73 years

The man convicted in the double murder of Hobert Pittman, 59, and Myrtle Satterfield, 80, in Mauckport two years ago was sent to prison last week for two consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole.
Hobert (Albert) Pittman, 25, was found guilty in June of killing his father and step-grandmother, and for attempting to murder his step-mother, Linda Pittman. The Harrison Superior Court jury in Corydon took little more than an hour to reach its verdict on June 27 following a nearly three-week trial.
Pittman was also sentenced to 50 years for attempted murder, 20 years for conspiracy to commit burglary, three years for stealing an automobile from the Pittman residence plus a concurrent three-year sentence for additional thefts.
Prior to handing down the multiple sentences, Judge Roger D. Davis gave the younger Pittman an opportunity to speak. But Pittman, seated at the defense table in shackles and wearing an orange and white Harrison County Jail jumpsuit, had nothing to say. He plans to appeal the convictions.
Co-defendant John Michael Naylor, 22, Frankton, is slated for trial early next year. He was charged with the murders and other related counts along with Pittman. Altogether, the two men were charged with two counts of murder, attempted murder, burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary, theft and auto theft.
The jury recommended life without the possibility of parole for Pittman, and the judge was bound by that recommendation. He recommended that Pittman be held in maximum security.
Linda Pittman said she is ‘very pleased’ with the sentence. ‘The death penalty ‘ the electric chair ‘ would have been too easy. He needs to suffer a little and have time to think about what he did.’
Pittman was found guilty of killing his father with a single shot to the back of his head when he returned to his secluded home in Mauckport after making repairs at Satterfield’s Marengo farm.
Albert Pittman’s mother, Eva Mullen of Corydon, said after the sentencing that she will continue to visit her son regardless of where he is kept. She believes he could not have been the one to shoot his father. ‘I feel like my son did not get a fair trial; I know he didn’t kill his daddy,’ she said.
When Pittman’s stepmother, Linda, and her mother, a double amputee who was riding in the back of the van in a wheelchair, returned later from Marengo to the secluded Mauckport home, they were met with a ‘hail of gunfire,’ the judge noted. ‘The van was riddled with bullet holes,’ he said.
Linda feigned death, and when the shotgun blasts that killed Satterfield and struck Linda multiple times had stopped, she drove to the nearby tavern in the middle of Mauckport for help. Satterfield was already dead and Linda was nearly so.
In court, Linda Pittman pointed to Albert as the person who had shot her. She testified that he and a man she didn’t recognize were in the car, stolen from the residence which was burglarized, circled back when they saw the van in Mauckport. But they drove on when they saw men had stopped to help.
After multiple surgeries, Linda Pittman has recovered, but some of the damage remains evident on her face and left hand. She said more than 29 bullet fragments were removed from the ‘good’ side of her face; the left side of her face was simply ‘torn all to pieces.’ Her left hand has no thumb and no knuckles for three of her remaining fingers.
Despite a ‘face lift,’ she has ‘half a smile,’ and her left hand ‘will never be the same.’
New Albany attorney Shane Gibson, representing Pittman along with co-council Amie Newlon of Corydon, asked the court to consider Pittman’s ‘cognitive defects’ in imposing a lesser sentence. Gibson said two court-appointed doctors had found Pittman suffers from schizophrenia, paranoia and delusions.
The prosecution didn’t argue that point. But Prosecutor Dennis Byrd and Dep. Prosecutor John Colin reminded the court that the jury had already ruled that aggravating circumstances outweighed any mitigating circumstances.
‘Albert Pittman’s actions were cold, calculated and heinous,’ Colin told the judge and asked that the maximum sentence be imposed.
‘I think there’s no doubt the defendant suffers from a variety of mental health problems,’ said Davis. ‘The jury has spoken.’
Pittman’s attorneys said Pittman plans to appeal, based in large part on the court allowing the trial to continue after Naylor’s brother, Andrew, said on the witness stand that John Naylor and Albert Pittman had met ‘while in prison.’
Newlon said the court had previously ruled that no one was to mention that at trial. ‘If you ask me, Andrew did it on purpose,’ Newlon said.
Judge Davis appointed attorney Matthew McGowen to handle the appeal.

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