Man sentenced to 81 years in death of Linton teenager

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GREENE COUNTY (March 5, 2014) – A Greene County man who killed an Indiana teenager learned his fate Tuesday.

A judge sentenced Randal Crosley, 25, to 81 years for the murder of Katelyn Wolfe. The 19-year-old woman disappeared in June. Her body was found days later in a lake.

Last month, Crosley pleaded guilty to murder, conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit rape, criminal confinement and dealing in a schedule IV controlled substance in connection with the Linton teen’s death.

Police said Crosley and his friend Jordan Buskirk planned to carry out a “thrill kill” by raping and murdering a person. Crosley knew Wolfe, but she wasn’t specifically targeted. Rather, she was a “target of opportunity” for the pair.

During the trial, prosecutors presented forensic evidence linking both men to the crime. They also had surveillance video that showed Crosley and Buskirk buying rope, duct tape and other items used to carry out their murder plot.

Buskirk has also pleaded guilty in the case. He’ll be sentenced later this month.