Elkhart man admits to conspiring murder

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

A man, accused of lending his rifle to another man who wanted to use it to kill someone, will spend decades behind bars.

Jose Pena, 43, of Elkhart pleaded guilty this week in the Elkhart Circuit Court.

That's according to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder, a Class A felony, and promoting prostitution, a Class C felony.

Pena will receive a sentence of 25 years in prison and 15 years on reporting probation.

He was arrested in Nov. of 2012 after police responded to a shooting at the 200 block of Indiana Ave. in Elkhart.

Police arrived on scene to find a man with gunshot wounds to his thighs. During their investigation officers found Pena gave his rifle to Devarious Cantrell, 22, of Elkhart, after Cantrell said he was angry with the victim.

Cantrell told police he and Pena devised a plan that involved shooting the victim.

A search of Pena's apartment found the rifle used in the shooting.

During his plea hearing, Pena also admitted to having received money knowing it was earned in part or as a whole from prostitution.

His sentence hearing has been scheduled for Nov.


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