Judge moves up Tinsley killer’s sentencing

Crime
John Miller

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — A judge has moved up an Indiana man’s sentencing in the 1988 abduction, rape and killing of an 8-year-old Fort Wayne girl.

Fifty-nine-year-old John D. Miller’s sentencing had been set for Dec. 31 after the Grabill man pleaded guilty to murder and child molestation in April Tinsley’s slaying .

But The Journal Gazette reports Allen County Superior Court Judge John Surbeck said Tuesday he’s moved Miller’s sentencing to Dec. 21.

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Surbeck is retiring Dec. 31 and he says he moved the sentencing to ensure that there would be no delays.

A plea agreement calls for Miller to serve 80 years in prison.

Tinsley was abducted in April 1988. Her body was found three days later in a ditch about 20 miles (32 kilometers) away. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

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Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net

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