Indiana man gets 65 years in slaying, body burning

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A man whom a prosecutor called a "ruthless monster" has received a 65-year sentence for killing a woman whose body was set on fire along an eastern Indiana city street.

Twenty-five-year-old Terry Rutledge was sentenced Monday in Delaware Circuit Court in Muncie. A jury convicted Rutledge last month of murder and obstruction of justice in the December 2011 asphyxiation death of his 40-year-old girlfriend, Tonia Ingram. Prosecutors say he killed Ingram at the home of another girlfriend.

Two others, 37-year-old Regina Miller and 34-year-old Antowyn Warren, were charged with assisting a criminal and obstruction of justice, for allegedly helping Rutledge remove Ingram's body from Miller's home after she died.

Defense attorneys maintained Miller was responsible for the slaying. Testimony indicated Rutledge was involved with both Miller and Ingram at the time.

Public defender Mark McKinney maintains the other woman killed Ingram.

The Star Press reports that Deputy Prosecutor Zachary Craig called Rutledge a "cold-blooded, ruthless monster" who couldn't be rehabilitated.

Rutledge says he intends to appeal.

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