JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. - A southern Indiana man has been sentenced to 65 years in prison for fatally shooting a woman who he claimed had scammed him out of $20,000 with a false relationship.
A Clark County judge ordered the maximum sentence for murder Monday against 44-year-old Ronald Shewmaker of Corydon, calling the shooting death of 32-year-old Lisa McQuirt "an act of cowardice."
Jurors rejected Shewmaker's claims of self-defense in convicting him last month for the February shooting at McQuirt's Clarksville home.
The News and Tribune reports Shewmaker met McQuirt last year at a New Albany strip club where she worked as a dancer. They began a relationship and McQuirt had introduced her husband as her brother. Testimony indicated Shewmaker was told the day of the shooting that the relationship was a scam.