Indianapolis man sentenced for murder, robbery of Jennings County gun store owner

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Darryl Worthen

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (Nov. 3, 2015)– An Indianapolis man was sentenced for his role in the murder and robbery of a North Vernon gun store owner.

Darryl Worthen, 25, was sentenced to 60 years in a federal prison in New Albany.

Worthen, Dejuan Andre Worthen, 23 and Darion Dashon Harris, 20, were arrested in September following the death of 61-year-old Scott Maxie, who owned Muscatatuck Outdoors, a gun store located at 8485 W. County Road 200 S. in North Vernon.

Maxie was found dead in September 2014. He’d been shot in the head and killed in the store. The men traveled from Indianapolis to North Vernon in order to check out the inventory and rob the owner on Sept. 20. They went back to Indianapolis and returned a day later to carry out the actual robbery.

The men disabled a security camera at the store before Worthen used a .22-caliber handgun to kill Maxie. He and the others then stole several guns and returned to Indianapolis.  The men sold the firearms and kept several for themselves, investigators said.

“This type of violence is something no family or community should have to face,” said U.S. Attorney Josh Minkler. “Judge Evans Barker sent a loud and clear message that gun violence will not be tolerated in the Southern District of Indiana and those committing violent crime will be held accountable.”

The other two suspects are awaiting trial on their charges.