Indianapolis man sentenced to 75 years in girl's beating death

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An Indianapolis man was sentenced to 75 years in prison for the August 2012 beating death of his girlfriend's daughter.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced that Jose Cruz received a 75-year executed sentence in the Indiana Department of Correction Wednesday for Carmen Ellis' death.

The sentence follows Cruz pleading guilty last month to murder and aggravated battery.

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry says 75 years is believed to be one of the longest sentences given in Marion County for the killing of one child, with a statutory maximum sentence of 65 years for the murder and an additional 10 years for the aggravated battery. The aggravated battery charge stemmed from an earlier incident where Carmen was beaten by Cruz.

According to the plea agreement and included in Wednesday's sentencing order, Cruz will be deported to Guatemala when he is released.

Carmen Ellis' mother Samantha Ellis also faces charges in her daughter's death. She has been charged with neglect of a dependent resulting in death (Class A Felony) for failing to obtain timely medical treatment for Carmen and/or failing to remove Carmen from the presence of Jose Cruz, which resulted in the girl's death.

Samantha Ellis' case is pending.