Wells County Homicide Sentencing: 20 Years

By Scott Sarvay

June 18, 2010 Updated Apr 13, 2010 at 5:32 PM EDT

WELLS COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - An Adams County teen charged in connection with a deadly shooting near Bluffton last October has been sentenced.

17-year-old Cody Mendez faces 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.

The charges stem from an incident on October 28th when police say a group of young men tried to rob Justin Sprow and a friend.

Shots were fired and Sprow died as a result of those injuries.

Wells County Sheriff Bob Frantz says the sentencing brings closure to his community.

Sheriff Frantz says, “It really is wonderful that this has come together as well as it has. This has been a good thing. The prosecution, law enforcement defense attorneys have all worked together to get this through."

The suspected triggerman in this case, Jonathan Thatcher, plead guilty on Monday and is scheduled for sentencing on July 13th.

Two other teens in the case have also pleaded guilty and will be sentenced soon.

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