An Indiana man was recently sentenced to a maximum of 55 years in state prison for a multi-year murder that took place in one of the nation’s most egregious places. notoriously violent and rumored to be haunted swamp.
Ethan Cain24 years old, pleaded guilty to felony murder 22 years old Drake Smith last year. The incident happened in May 2018 in a part of Indiana’s Frances Slocum State Forest, known as Okie Pinokie. He will serve at least 50 years behind bars.
Cain was also initially charged with robbery resulting in serious bodily injury, obstruction of justice and petty theft. Under the terms of his plea agreement, the lower charges were dropped.
The defendant is accused of being part of a three-man plot to rob Smith of drugs and money. The defendant is also 27 years old Joshua Kean and 20 years old Brittany Morris. Authorities say the end result was that all four made their way to the state woods, after which Cain and Kean beat Smith to death with a metal pipe after a party.
A witness is said to have told police they saw Kean and Morris begin to steal items from Smith’s truck when Cain took the pipe and began hitting the victim in the face, according to the affidavit. taken by Kokomo, the newspaper based in India, Kokomo Tribune. That witness is said to have gone on to tell investigators that they all left the crime scene after the murder – with Smith’s clothes, money, drugs, beer and a mini megaphone pulled. follow.
The victim’s body was discovered shortly before 10 a.m. on May 19, 2018 by hikers hunting for mushrooms.
Police say the woman was the source of the plot.
Court documents quoted by Tribune assumed that Morris knew Smith was going to have drugs the night he was killed. Police said surveillance footage from a Walmart parking lot in Marion, Ind. Shows Morris getting into Smith’s truck – after leaving the vehicle with Kean and Cain – just after midnight on May 18, 2018. In the video, according to police, Kean and Cain then walk into the big box store to buy a cheese cake.
The video then allegedly shows Smith and Morris driving towards Okie Pinokie. Minutes later, Kean and Cain were driven in the same direction, investigators claimed.
The witness is said to have told law enforcement they had broken up with Morris, Smith, and others until about 2 a.m. That’s when the crowd thinned out, the witness said, and that’s when Kean and Cain came.
The witness, a woman whose name has not been released, is said to have said Cain was the first to attack – walking towards Smith and attempting to strangle him from behind. Kean was the first to take the tube, she believes, and stab the victim in the face.
Smith is said to have begged for his life before being killed, the witness continued, telling his attackers to take whatever they wanted.
Instead, they take everything away.
“He’s dead,” the witness said she heard one of the defendants say before they left with the man’s belongings fatally beaten.
While driving along Indiana State 15th Street, the murder weapon is believed to have been thrown out the window. Investigators then recovered the pipe near a small bridge in Grant County, Ind.
A week after the murder, Kean and Cain were discovered at a campground in California near the US-Mexico border. Cain was arrested by the Royal California Sheriff’s Department. While Kean initially escaped, he was arrested three days later. Morris was charged with murder while in juvenile detention, where she is being held for an unrelated probation violation.
Cain was sentenced last Tuesday. During the hearing, the Miami County probation officer Cathy Knight described the murder as “brutal” and “a display of horror.” Visually, she described the witness saying that the sound of the pipe hitting the victim’s head was like “the sound of gravel.”
Morris has a pre-trial conference currently scheduled for February 10, 2022; Kean has a meeting scheduled for March 24, 2022.
“We were all sentenced to life in prison that day,” prosecutors said Jeffrey Sinkovics said during sentencing hearing, reading from a victim impact statement written by Smith’s mother, Karrie Sheets. “It’s an emptiness that will never go away.”
[image via Indiana State Police]
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