Cody Rackemann, convicted in 2014 quadruple murder, gets 4 life sentences without parole plus 20 years

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 22, 2016) – A man who pleaded guilty in a 2014 quadruple murder in Indianapolis learned his sentence Friday.

Kenneth “Cody” Rackemann was given four life sentences without parole plus 20 years. He pleaded guilty to murder in the deaths of Walter Burnell, Jacob Rodemich, Kristy Sanchez, and Hayley Navarra back in February as part of a plea agreement that spared him from the death penalty. Friday's sentence matched the terms of the plea deal.

"Kenneth Rackemann will spend the rest of his life in prison under this sentence," Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry said after the plea was accepted by the court in February. "Whether achieved by jury verdict or admission of guilt, holding a criminal responsible for his or her actions is the justice we seek for every crime victim in Marion County, just as Rackemann has been held accountable for these homicides."

The shooting happened on Feb. 20, 2014, in the 3400 block of South Parker Avenue.

According to court documents, Rackemann and three others conspired to rob Burnell of drugs and money and killed the others in the course of that robbery. Prosecutors said Rackemann fatally shot Burnell, Rodemich and Sanchez. He also wounded Navarra, prosecutors said, and ordered an accomplice, Valencia Williams, to kill her.

In December 2015, it appeared Rackemann would agree to plead guilty in the case, but he backed out at the last minute and didn't take the deal. Prosecutors had planned to seek the death penalty if the case went to trial.

Two other suspects, Anthony LaRussa and Valencia Williams, also face murder charges. Their trials are scheduled for later this year.

The fourth suspect, Samantha Bradley, pleaded guilty to lesser charges in 2014 in exchange for her testimony against the others.

Rackemann gained additional notoriety this week when photos of him in jail surfaced. The Marion County Jail is investigating.

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