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Indiana man gets 80 years in prison for girl’s 1988 killing

December 21, 2018
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This booking photo released by the Fort Wayne, Ind., Police Department shows John D. Miller, who was arrested Sunday, July 15, 2018. Miller pleaded guilty Friday Dec. 7, 2018, to murder and child molestation charges in long-unsolved killing of April Tinsley. A plea agreement calls for Miller to serve 80 years in prison. (Fort Wayne Police/The Journal-Gazette via AP)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for the 1988 abduction, rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl.

An Allen County judge sentenced 59-year-old John D. Miller, of Grabill, on Friday. He had pleaded guilty on Dec. 7 to murder and child molestation charges in April Tinsley’s long-unsolved killing.

Miller was arrested in July in April’s slaying. Investigators say DNA evidence and genealogy databases helped them link Miller to the Fort Wayne girl’s killing.

The girl 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.

The Journal Gazette reports that April’s mother, Janet Tinsley, urged prosecutors to seek the death penalty against Miller.

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

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