Indianapolis man sencencted in 2015 murder

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Keith Cornwell.

UPDATE: A judge sentenced Keith Cornwell to 55 years, including 51 years in the Department of Correction and 4 years in Marion County Community Corrections in February 2017.

The trial of Caleb Bixler in May 2017 ended in a hung jury. The case was retried in October 2017 and Bixler was found guilty. He was sentenced to 48 years in the DOC and then two years of community corrections. He was given 180 days flat credit for time gaining a GED.

Original:

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– A man was found guilty of murder Wednesday in a case from August 2015.

On August 15, 2015, police found the body of Ron Trahan, 37, behind the abandoned RCA plant on the east side in the 3300 block of East Michigan Street.

Keith Cornwell and Caleb Bixler were both 18 when they were arrested in connection with the case. Police said the deceased man may have had information about crimes associated with one of the men. Cornwell and Bixler were found within hours of the discovery of the body.

Cornwell was found guilty Wednesday and will learn his sentence on Feb. 3. Bixler will go on trial for murder in March.

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