Supreme Court Upholds Life Sentence For Child Murderer
Stockelman Pleaded Guilty To Killing 10-Year-Old Girl
1:22 PM, Jun 20, 2007
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 Collmans 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.Stockelmans father died of cancer six months before Collmans disappearance, and witnesses testified the death had a great impact on Stockelmans mental and emotional state.In Wednesdays 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.