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Man gets 95 for stabbing Northeast Indiana woman, 82

Man gets 95 for stabbing Northeast Indiana woman, 82
Man gets 95 for stabbing Northeast Indiana woman, 82

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing an 82-year-old woman after breaking into her northeast Indiana home has been sentenced to 95 years in prison.

A Steuben County judge sentenced 30-year-old Matthew R. Hoover after the Yorktown man pleaded guilty to murder and burglary while armed with a deadly weapon in the killing of Wilma Ball.

Hoover broke into Ball’s home near Lake James in Steuben County in June 2021 and killed her, prosecutors said. Investigators linked him to the DNA murder on two empty beer cans he left at Ball’s house, according to court records.

Hoover was sentenced last week to 65 years for his murder conviction and 30 years for his burglary conviction. The sentences will be served consecutively, The Herald Republican reported.

Hoover’s attorney had requested a total sentence of 50 years for both counts.

Under the terms of his plea deal, two other charges – attempted rape and attempted abuse of a corpse – were dismissed.

Neighbors told WANE-TV that Ball was a former home economics teacher, a mother of two and two stepchildren, and was loving, caring, active and athletic.

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