Judge approves plea deal for man who admitted to killing girlfriend

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KOKOMO – A judge accepted a plea bargain for a man who admitted to killing his girlfriend—although what happened to her remains is still unknown.

Travis Funke, 35, appeared in Howard Superior Court 2 Tuesday to plead guilty to a charge of voluntary manslaughter after killing his girlfriend, Kelly Armstrong. Funke’s agreement includes 35 years in prison and 15 years probation. He’s also required to tell investigators what happened to Armstrong’s remains.

Funke admitted he used a hammer to kill her in July 2011 after the two had an argument and fought.

Family members reported Armstrong missing in September 2011.

Funke said he wrapped her body in a tarp and put it in a trash container. Investigators tracked the trash to the Wabash County landfill but couldn’t find the remains after a six-day search.

Armstrong’s family fought Funke’s plea deal, telling the court they wanted to know what happened to her remains before Funke was sentenced. They believe Funke is lying about where he left her body. They also want police to continue searching the landfill.

In December, they offered a reward for information leading to her remains.

Funke initially denied that he had anything to do with Armstrong’s death. In October, he told another inmate that he killed her. He later admitted his role in her death to police.

9 comments

  • safety guy

    This is why torture is still needed. Torture him until he admits where he put the body, then execution. Why do we have to pay for him to stay in prison. He admits to killing another person.

    • JaySoSaySo

      I agree. Our society has gotten weak with softies that cannot stand to do what is ACTUALLY RIGHT. If those that do not approve of this had someone taken from them, I guarantee they would have a change of heart. Live long the reality of truth.

  • cjmo2662

    I feel bad for her parents; they will probably never have closure. Hope his fellow inmates torture him & make his life hell!

  • Cheryl

    kelly is my niece. Our justice system gives appeal after appeal to murders or people who abuse children. Those that die do not get to appeal their death with their murderer. I wish the judicial system would change that any murder gets life or death. it isn't fair that we pay for them to stay in prison on our tax money and they get to go to school for free.. have access to libraries of law. What is the punishement of being in prison. lately they get so many rights than the victim. soon they will have weight rooms, lounges, a coffee bar and an indoor pool . So he gets 35 years maybe 50 if kelly's body is found somewhere other htan where he stated. But the people he took her away from still pay those taxes to take care of him. Not right that we have to pay for the psycho who killed our loved one. He needs to burn in hell or have a cell mate bigger than him who hates him.

    • MikeW

      The death penalty is not a deferent when it takes 15 – 20 years to carry out the penalty…convict them, sentence them and execute them in 6 months. There is no real reason for such a light sentence as 35 + 15 for killing another person in cold blood.

      • cjmo2662

        Because they don't have a body, as she has never been found, a lesser charge & a lesser sentence is considered better than taking him before a jury who may find him not guilty because there's no proof that she's dead; he could change his story on the advice of his scumbag lawyer & walk out a free man; if they found her body later, they couldn't retry him because of double jeopardy. Yeah, this plea bargain sucks, but it's better than a possible not guilty verdict.

    • cjmo2662

      Cheryl, I'm so sorry for your family's loss. I know that whatever sentence he gets will never right the wrong that he did to your family. No doubt the only reason they're letting him plead to a lesser charge of manslaughter is because her body has never been found, so taking him before a jury could be a disaster. I hope his cellmate tortures him & makes his life hell every day for the rest of his miserable life. Unfortunately, it still won't change anything. My sympathies to you and your family.

  • Brandedsoul

    My heart goes out to the family of this girl. I watch a show called Lockup Raw on the weekend. Some of the prisons do have weight rooms. But why should these criminals get anything while in prison? They are not there to enjoy their time. The guy that done the triple murder on south end was in one of them. Why did he get triple life sentence instead the death penalty? The victim's rights were violated by these people. What rights do the murderer have to continue to live. I say bring back capital punishment and cut back on prison welfare.

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