Indiana man gets 80 years in prison for Fort Wayne girl’s 1988 killing

December 26, 2018

An Indiana man has been sentenced to 80 years in prison for the 1988 abduction, rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl.

An Allen County judge sentenced 59-year-old John D. Miller, of Grabill, on Friday. He had pleaded guilty on Dec. 7  to murder and child molestation charges in April Tinsley’s long-unsolved killing.

Miller was arrested in July in April’s slaying. Investigators said DNA evidence and genealogy databases helped them link Miller to the Fort Wayne girl’s killing.

The girl 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.

The Journal Gazette reports that April’s mother, Janet Tinsley, urged prosecutors to seek the death penalty against Miller.


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