Ind. man sentenced to 65 years in stabbing death

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A convicted killer has been sentenced to spend an additional 65 years in prison for another murder to which he allegedly confessed while he was behind bars.

Allen County Judge John Surbeck on Friday ordered 35-year-old Joseph Kast to begin serving the new sentence after he completes the 55-year term he is already serving.

A jury convicted Kast in December of murder in the fatal stabbing of 85-year-old Claude Berkshire in Berkshire's garage in 2002. Prosecutors say Kast killed Huntington County Building Inspector Earl Bowman nine days after he killed Berkshire.

The Journal Gazette reports ( ) that Kast's mental state was an issue throughout the case, but jurors declined to find Kast guilty but mentally ill.

Surbeck said Kast showed contradictory signs regarding mental illness.

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