A man from Indiana received a prison sentence of 67 years on Tuesday over the horrifyingly brutal murder of his aunt and the desecration of her body back in 2020.
Bobby N. Truitt II, 20, was handed a maximum sentence of 65 years for the murder of 64-year-old Sharon Lovins. The defendant was then given an additional two-year sentence for a charge of abusing a corpse.
This guy is truly a sickening and depraved individual. A total of 65 years might not be long enough.
“She was beaten to death with a hammer by someone whom she loved and cared for,” Bartholomew Superior Court Judge James Worton stated during the sentencing hearing. “We’ll probably never know why.”
“Truitt pleaded guilty to both crimes in March of this year. His defense team had attempted to use a narrative about how the the defendant grew up under less than ideal circumstances in an effort to mitigate his potential sentence. But the judge did not reward that effort,” Law & Crime reported.
“There are a lot of people who had rough childhoods that do not brutally murder a loved one,” Worton went on to say, according to a report from The Republic of Columbus, Indiana.
“Truitt admitted that on Sept. 27, 2020, killed his great aunt inside of her own home. The day before, she had bailed him out of the Johnson County Jail. The defendant was being held there on sexual battery charges. Lovins also gave him a ride and offered to let her great nephew stay with her in Waynesville, Ind., roughly 45 miles south of Indianapolis,” the report continued.
“She was trying to help him out, but within 24 hours, she was gone,” Bartholomew County Deputy Prosecutor Greg Long went on to say concerning Lovins.
After murdering his aunt, Truitt then drove her car to the state capital where he was captured on surveillance footage trying to purchase a ticket to New York City. That didn’t work out in his favor. Two days after the killing, the defendant was picked up while panhandling.
Here are more details from the Law & Crime report:
The defendant was originally charged with rape over the gruesome crime. That count was pleaded down to the abuse of a corpse charge — which incurs a much lighter sentence. An auto theft charge was dropped entirely per the terms of the plea agreement. In the Hoosier State, unlike the overwhelming majority of U.S. jurisdictions, there is no distinction between murder at the statutory level.
During the sentencing hearing, it was revealed that the defendant had previously taken a plea deal that allowed him to admit guilt on the earlier sexual battery as a low level felony offense. He was required to register as a sex offender and stay at least 1,000 feet away from schools.
No motive was ever revealed for Lovins’ death.
“I wish I could take it all back,” Truitt stated while speaking to the court. “It was inhuman what I did.”
Long fired back at Truitt by quoting a previous statement the defendant had made about not caring for others, referring to the young man as “the poster child for someone who ought to be locked up for a very long time.”
I agree with this statement. Completely and totally.
The court set aside a two-hour block of time for victim impact statements. The time was not really necessary as only one man spoke.
“She ain’t here no more – but he’s still here,” the victim’s brother, Robert “Bobby” Perdue went on to say. “I don’t think it is fair what he’ll be getting for what he’s done.”