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Boyfriend gets 65 years in killing, burning of body

MUNCIE, Ind. – A man whom a prosecutor called a “ruthless monster” has received a 65-year sentence for killing a woman whose body was set on fire along an eastern Indiana city street.

Twenty-five-year-old Terry Rutledge was sentenced Monday in Delaware Circuit Court in Muncie. A jury convicted Rutledge last month of murder and obstruction of justice in the December 2011 asphyxiation death of his 40-year-old girlfriend, Tonia Ingram. Prosecutors say he killed Ingram at the home of another girlfriend.

Public defender Mark McKinney maintains the other woman killed Ingram.

The Star Press reports (http://tspne.ws/XAK2tC) that Deputy Prosecutor Zachary Craig called Rutledge a “cold-blooded, ruthless monster” who couldn’t be rehabilitated.

Rutledge says he intends to appeal.

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