NASHVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a man to 80 years in prison for the beating death of an Indiana University student two weeks before she was due to graduate.
Daniel Messel of Bloomington was sentenced Thursday to 60 years behind bars for the April 2015 murder of 22-year-old Hannah Wilson of Fishers, and another 20 years for being a habitual criminal. Indiana law requires the 51-year-old Messel serve at least three-quarters of his sentence, or 60 years.
Wilson’s body was found in a vacant lot about 10 miles from IU’s Bloomington campus. Messel’s cellphone was found under the body.
The judge said during the hearing that no sentence she could impose “brings complete justice.”
Messel denied killing Wilson at the hearing, saying “If it was my daughter, I’d want to know what really happened.”
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