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December 23, 2013

Scoutmaster killer gets 45 years

Victim's family urges man to get help after murder in Bunker Hill.

PERU — The man who stabbed a 76-year-old Kokomo scoutmaster to death in 2011 in front of two young Scouts was sentenced Monday to 45 years in prison.

Shane Golitko killed Art Anderson as he led a hike along the Nickel Plate Trail in Bunker Hill. Anderson bled to death on the trail after Golitko stabbed him in the neck during a schizophrenic episode.

Golitko appeared in Miami County Circuit Court Monday wearing an orange prison jumpsuit. Behind him sat Anderson's family members.

Golitko said he had stopped taking his anti-psychotic medication before he attacked his mother inside her Bunker Hill residence on Aug. 21, 2011, and then ran onto the trail and stabbed Anderson.

Three psychiatrists diagnosed Golitko as a paranoid schizophrenic during pre-trial mental examinations, but two of those psychiatrists said he was aware and culpable for his actions.

In November, Golitko pled guilty, but mentally ill, to murder. In exchange, prosecutors dropped the remaining felony charges of battery resulting in serious bodily injury and battery by bodily waste.

During Monday’s hearing, family members urged Golitko to seek treatment for his schizophrenia, but said they didn’t forgive him for the murder.

“Shane, I can’t forgive you,” said Janice Levitan, Anderson’s daughter. “Forgiveness is not something granted unless there was a mistake. This was not a mistake. This was a choice you made, and you need to live with the consequences of your choice, just like I do.

“This doesn’t mean I hate you or want to see you harmed,” she continued. “I don’t seek vengeance. In fact, I feel sorry for you and your mother … But there’s nothing that can make this better. I and my children will suffer the rest of our lives. You will suffer as well. But our lives will go on, and I hope we can use them to make this world a better place.”

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