(Rising Sun, Ind.) – For three weeks Ohio County Circuit Court Judge James H. Humphrey has been weighing the evidence.
Switzerland County Jail
Today, Andrew Conley will learn what sentence the judge has decided to bestow.
The 18-year-old from Rising Sun pleaded guilty last month to murdering his 10-year-old brother Conner Conley in November 2009. The plea came the morning his jury trial was about to begin Sept. 13.
Conley’s sentencing announcement will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Ohio County Courthouse.
The teenager could receive anywhere from 45 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Because he was 17 at the time of the murder, Conley is not eligible for the death penalty.
On Nov. 28, 2009, Conley reported the murder to Rising Sun police himself telling investigators that he used his hands to strangle his sibling for 20 minutes in their home on Hartford Pike Road in Ohio County. The boys’ parents were working late at the local riverboat casino.
"I reached into that drawer. I pulled out the bag. I pulled it over his head. I got the tape, the black electrical tape," Conley said in a taped interview with Indiana State Police detectives shown during last month’s five-day sentencing hearing.
He told officers they could find the boy’s body where he had dumped it – in a wooded area near the Rising Sun City Park.
Conner Conley was just 10-
years-old when murdered
at the hands of his older
Conley equated his urge to kill to that of a starving person craving a hamburger. He fantasized about killing people since he was in middle school.
The story began generating national attention because Conley said he was inspired by the Showtime television series “Dexter,” a drama about a serial killer.
During the sentencing hearings, prosecutors tried to convince the judge that Conley is a psychopath who would kill again if allowed back into society.
Eagle 99.3 will have the sentencing hearing covered this afternoon. Tune in for a live update from the courthouse as soon as the hearing ends.
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