An Indiana was sentenced Tuesday to 67 years in prison for the brutal 2020 murder of his great-aunt and desecration of her body.
Bobby N Truitt IIThe 20-year-old was sentenced to a maximum of 65 years in prison for the murder of a 64-year-old Sharon Lovins. The defendant was sentenced to an additional two-year prison term for abuse of a cadaver charge.
“She was beaten to death with a gavel by someone she loved and cared for,” Superior Court Judge Bartholomew said James Worton said during the sentencing hearing. “We’ll probably never know why.”
Truitt pleaded guilty to both crimes in March of this year. His defense team had attempted to use a narrative about how the defendant grew up under less than ideal circumstances to mitigate his possible sentence. But the judge did not reward this effort.
“There are a lot of people who had tough childhoods who don’t brutally murder a loved one,” Worton said The Republic from Columbus, Indiana.
Truitt admitted he killed his great-aunt in her own home on September 27, 2020. The day before, she had released him from the Johnson County jail on bail. The defendant was being held there on sexual charges. Lovins took him too and offered to let her grandnephew live with her in Waynesville, Indiana, about 45 miles south of Indianapolis.
“She tried to help him, but within 24 hours she was gone,” the Bartholomew County assistant district attorney said Gregory Lang called.
After killing Lovins, Truitt drove his victim’s car to the state capital, where he was seen on surveillance footage attempting to purchase a ticket to New York City. Apparently that didn’t work. Two days after the murder, the accused was arrested while begging.
The defendant was originally charged with rape for the gruesome crime. That count has been traced to abuse of a cadaver charge – resulting in a much lighter sentence. A charge of auto theft was dropped entirely under the terms of the plea agreement. In the state of Hoosier, unlike the overwhelming majority of US jurisdictions, there is no statutory distinction between homicide.
During the sentencing hearing, it was revealed that the defendant had previously struck a plea deal that allowed him to admit guilt in the earlier sexual battery as a petty crime. He had to register as a sex offender and stay at least 300 meters from schools.
A motive for Lovins’ death was never revealed.
“I wish I could take it all back,” Truitt told the court. “It was inhuman what I did.”
Long countered by citing a previous statement by the defendant in which he said he didn’t care about others and called him “the poster child of someone who should be locked up for a very long time”.
The court has set aside two hours for testimony on the victim’s effects. This allotted time was largely unnecessary. Only one man spoke.
“She’s not here anymore – but he’s still here,” the victim’s brother said. Robert “Bobby” Perdue called. “I don’t think it’s fair what he’s getting for what he’s done.”
[image via Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office]
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