Supreme Court Upholds Life Sentence For Child Murderer

Stockelman Pleaded Guilty To Killing 10-Year-Old Girl

The Indiana Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the life without parole sentence for the man who admitted molesting and killing a 10-year-old girl.

The court unanimously rejected the appeal of Anthony Stockelman, who is serving a life sentence for the murder of Katie Collman.

The Crothersville girl disappeared Jan. 25, 2005, as she was running an errand for her mother. Her body was discovered five days later in a nearby creek.

Stockelman pleaded guilty to murder and child molestation for Collman’s killing. In exchange, prosecutors dropped their request for the death penalty.

Stockelman wanted the Supreme Court to reduce the prison sentence, citing his relatively crime-free life and that the crime was committed under extreme emotional distress.

Stockelman’s father died of cancer six months before Collman’s disappearance, and witnesses testified the death had a great impact on Stockelman’s mental and emotional state.

In Wednesday’s decision, the justices ruled those circumstances did not outweigh the fact that he killed a 10-year-old girl.

Stockelman is serving his sentence at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility.

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