Muncie man sentenced to 65 years for setting woman’s remains on fire

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A Muncie, Ind. man arrested last year for killing a woman and then setting her remains on fire was sentenced Monday to 65 years in prison.

Terry Rutledge was found guilty in early December for the murder of Tonia Ingram and obstruction of justice.

Rutledge’s attorney tried to portray him as a victim of an “elaborate conspiracy,” but prosecutors said Ingram was the sole victim. She was asphyxiated, investigators said, her remains set on fire and treated like trash.

Prosecutors said Rutledge gave investigators more than a dozen different versions of what happened leading up to and following Ingram’s death.

Rutledge also faces theft charges after police found a stolen cell phone in his jail cell.  Prosecutors believe he actually stole the cellphone during a break in his murder trial.

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