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Man gets 57-year sentence for 2015 Lafayette double homicide

October 7, 2016

A 20-year-old man has been sentenced to more than 57 years for killing two people during a Lafayette home invasion and armed robbery last year.

Tippecanoe County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Busch on Thursday gave Jacob Eugene Guffey a decade less than the recommended 67 years in prison. The judge took Guffey's young age and upbringing by drug-addicted parents into account, but told Guffey "being a victim yourself gives you no cause or right to make others a victim."

Guffey pleaded guilty in June to killing 36-year-old Aaron Hunter Jr. and 46-year-old Terry Smith. Another man, 34-year-old Matthew Oertel, received a 55-year prison sentence last month for the same crime after pleading guilty in July.

Guffey apologized to the victims' families, saying he takes full responsibility for his actions.

 

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