Indiana man pleads guilty to 1988 killing of 8-year-old girl

December 10, 2018

An Indiana man has pleaded guilty to the 1988 abduction, rape and killing of an 8-year-old Fort Wayne girl.

John D. Miller, Grabill, pleaded guilty Friday to murder and child molestation charges in the long-unsolved killing of April Tinsley. Miller was arrested in July  and had been scheduled to stand trial in February, but he’s now due to be sentenced Dec. 31 in Allen Superior Court.

A plea agreement calls for the 59-year-old Miller to serve 80 years in prison.

Tinsley was abducted in April 1988. Her body was found three days later in a ditch about 20 miles away. She had been sexually assaulted and strangled.

Investigators say DNA evidence and genealogy databases helped them link Miller to the crime.


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