Federal appeals court upholds death sentence of Fort Wayne man convicted of killing 4 in 1997

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FORT WAYNE, Indiana — A federal appeals court has upheld the death sentence of a Fort Wayne man convicted of killing his brother, his sister's fiancé and two of his brother's friends in 1997.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by 39-year-old Joseph Corcoran that Allen Superior Judge Fran Gull relied on non-statutory aggravating factors in sentencing him to death and that Gull failed to consider mitigating evidence.

The court ruled in the decision handed down Tuesday that Gull did consider Corcoran's age of 22 at the time he was sentenced and his behavior in jail when sentencing him to death, two factors Corcoran contended she had ignored.

It was the fourth time Corcoran's case has been considered by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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