Man found guilty of rape and murder of 21-year-old Indianapolis woman, sentenced to 135 years

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UPDATE (September 14, 2015) – Morice Ervin was sentenced to 135 years in the Indiana Department of Correction after being convicted at jury trial of murder, rape and the habitual offender enhancement.

The sentence imposed Friday was 65 years for the murder charge, 40 years for the rape charge and 30 years for the Habitual Offender enhancement, all consecutive.

INDIANAPOLIS (August 27, 2015) — Over a year after a young woman was raped and murdered on the east side of Indianapolis, the case is nearing its end.

A jury found Morice Ervin guilty of rape and murder late Wednesday night.

Shannon Kleeman, 21, was found dead in the basement of her stepmother’s home on March 28, 2014.

In June of 2014, police arrested 51-year-old Morice Ervin, who lived next door, for rape and murder. Court paperwork revealed Ervin had spent time at the home and met Shannon on multiple occasions. Shannon herself told family members the night of her death that Ervin stopped by to see if anyone was home.

The details of what happened to Shannon are gruesome. She had been raped and shot in the head with a shotgun. DNA found on her came back a match to Ervin, according to court documents.

“Now that the arrest has occurred, it kind of opens up those new wounds,” her uncle Jamon Jack said.

Jack wants the public to know that, despite the spike in crime across Indianapolis and low police staffing, his family is grateful to IMPD detectives who expedited the case and solved it quickly.

“It made us feel that we were the only case they were working because they were so engaging, so we’re absolutely indebted to them for making this happen,” Jack said.

Ervin will return to court on September 11 for a sentencing hearing.

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