(Rising Sun, Ind.) - The Rising Sun teenager who murdered his little brother will learn his sentence next month.
The five day sentencing hearing for Andrew Conley, 18, wrapped up on Tuesday with the Ohio Circuit Court Judge James H. Humphrey announcing Oct. 15 as the date of sentencing. The teen could receive anywhere from 45 years to life in prison.
Humphrey will weigh the aggravating and mitigating factors against one another in deciding a sentence.
Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard has said he believes Conley would kill again if released from prison.
Conley himself testified during the final day of hearings by reading from a one page, hand-written note.
"I would like to apologize to Mom and Dad for all this. I would like to apologize to the community of Ohio County for all this happening. I still have no idea why this happened but I really wish I did. I go to sleep every night and wake up every morning and wish I could change what happened,” Conley said.
He continued saying he is a monster and deserves to rot in jail.
Conley vowed to earn a college degree in history or astrology while serving his prison sentence. He said he would happily run Beth Hurley’s restaurant – the Courtyard Restaurant on Front Street in Rising Sun - once he’s out.
Conley’s testimony was not subject to cross-examination by prosecutors.
The story out of the sleepy Ohio County rivertown continues to generate national attention. On Tuesday, the story was linked on the Drudge Report.
Conley pleaded guilty Sept. 13 to murdering his 10-year-old brother Conner Conley on Nov. 28, 2009. The boys’ parents were at work that evening when Conley strangled his brother for 20 minutes. Andrew, then 17, told investigators he placed a bag over Conner’s head and placed the body in the trunk of his car.
Prior to dumping the body in a wooded area near the Rising Sun City Park, Conley spent three hours with his girlfriend at her residence.
Conley, who dropped out of Rising Sun High School just weeks before the murder occurred, said he had thoughts of killing people since he was in the eighth grade. He told detectives he felt like the main character from the Showtime television series “Dexter.”
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