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Indiana Public Media on 08/30/2020 by Associated Press
An Indiana judge killed in a small plane crash in southeastern Illinois was being remembered Sunday by fellow judges as a problem-solver who helped defendants start new lives.
The plane crashed Saturday in southeastern Illinois, killed the pilot, Ryan Johanningsmeier, authorities said. He had been a judge in Indiana’s Knox County since 2015.
“His tragic death leaves his staff and loved ones in mourning and we join them,” Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Loretta Rush said in a Sunday statement. “As a problem-solving court judge he helped provide defendants with a new path in life allowing those most in need of restorative justice to work for a better tomorrow.”