Teen To Plead Guilty In Hershman Murder
By Mike Perleberg
(Milan, Ind.) – The first of three Colerain Township, Ohio residents accused in the murder of a Milan woman is set to plead guilty.
Nancy Hershman, a 68-year-old widow, was shot by Allison Moore, 23, as Moore and two teenage boys attempted to burglarize Hershman’s home in the early morning hours of December 30, 2012.
Both of those teens – Sean David Nichols, 17, and Daniel Hodge, 16 – were waived to adult court in Ripley County last year. The three suspected are each charged with Murder, Burglary of a Dwelling, and Conspiracy to Commit Burglary of a Dwelling.
Prosecutors say Nichols is prepared to plead guilty for his role in the home invasion and shooting. A guilty plea and sentencing hearing will take place Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in Ripley Circuit Court.
Meanwhile, Moore and Hodges are awaiting their trials which are scheduled for March 31 and July 7, respectively. They each remain held at the Ripley County Jail.
Last month, a judge denied a chance of venue request by Moore’s attorney.
A fourth suspect, Benjamin Nichols, 20, was charged last October with Conspiracy to Commit Burglary and Conspiracy to Commit Theft. According to court documents, the older brother of Sean Nichols had ridden from Ohio to Milan with the other three, but is believed to have remained in the vehicle during the Hershman home break-in. His trial is scheduled for April 29.