Teen sentenced to 65 years for murder

By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter16 Staff Email

About a year after a deadly home invasion right here in South Bend, one of the teens involved has learned his fate.

Nathaniel Coley, 19, admitted to felony murder, and as a part of his plea agreement, other related charges were dropped.

Friday he appeared before Judge Miller for sentencing. Before that, a couple of people spoke.

The daughter of Sandra Price, the woman who was killed, explained how she and her family are still haunted by that night.

She remembered the blood-covered house and the bloody hand prints of her parents, and she ultimately asked for the maximum sentence.

Coley's mom spoke as well, explaining that Nathaniel is not a bad kid. Finally, Nathaniel said a few words.

He says he accepts full responsibility for what happened and apologized to his family and the victim’s family.

He told the judge that he has two kids and wants to see them grow up and plans on doing things right when he gets out.

That will not likely happen, as Judge Miller sentenced Coley to 65 years – a sentence his family thinks is too long.

“And I just feel sorry for both sides of the family but there is nothing we can do about it,” said Anthony Coley, Nathaniel’s dad. “It’s just the time, I mean my god, you wouldn’t want your son to go do 65 years if he didn't do nothing he just stepped in the door.”

Coley was one of five men arrested at a South Bend home in December of 2012, where five victims were stabbed.

Murder charges were filed after one of the victims, Sandra Price, died.

We reached out to the Price family for comment and they declined at this time.

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