GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) -- The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a 62-year sentence today for a Middlebury teenager who confessed to helping plan and carry out the murder of a friend's mother.
Aaron McDonald argued that an Elkhart Circuit Court judge's sentence was too harsh because he improperly considered aggravating and mitigating factors and because it did not fit the nature of the crime and McDonald's character.
The appeals court panel rejected the arguments and McDonald helped eighteen-year-old Hannah Stone and twenty-year-old Spenser Krempetz to kill Barbara Keim a 41-year-old registered nurse in August 2005.
Keim was Stone's mother and McDonald and Krempetz abducted Keim from her Middlebury apartment then took her to a cornfield, where Krempetz shot her in the back of the head.