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Guilty Plea Made By Milan Murder Suspect; Faces Up To 50 Years

Posted On June 30, 2014

By Mike Perleberg

Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles.

Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles.

(Versailles, Ind.) – A 17-year-old suspect in a Milan burglary that ended with the homeowner being shot to death has pleaded guilty.

Daniel Hodge was 16 when he joined then 22-year-old Allison Moore and 15-year-old Sean Nichols – all from Colerain Township, Hamilton County – in breaking into the home of Nancy Hershman in the early morning hours of December 30, 2012. The break-in awoke Hershman, who confronted the burglars and was allegedly shot dead by Moore.

Hodge appeared in Ripley Circuit Court on Friday for a guilty plea hearing. Under an agreement with prosecutors, he will plead guilty to a charge of Burglary of a Dwelling Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (Class A felony).

Judge Carl H. Taul took the guilty plea under advisement. A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for July 31, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

A Class A felony is punishable by up to 50 years in prison in Indiana.

One of Hodge’s accomplices, Sean Nichols, was sentenced to a total of 50 years following his guilty plea last January. Taul ordered him to serve 30 years in prison followed by 20 years in probation.

At this time, Allison Moore’s case – in which she is charged with murder – is still on course for a trial. The Indiana Court of Appeals is currently considering whether statements Moore made to Indiana State Police investigators should be allowed as evidence. Taul ruled that investigators did not “scrupulously honor” her right to remain silent in throwing out the evidence. Prosecutors immediately appealed.

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