“This is one of those unfortunate, tragic events that impacts so many lives,” Spahr said. “But by pleading guilty, those young Scouts are spared from going through the emotional ordeal of a trial and reliving the incident. That’s an important consideration.”
After his comments, Spahr handed out the maximum 45-year murder sentence, with 1,710 days suspended for the time Golitko spent in prison after his arrest.
Spahr also said he would direct the Indiana Department of Corrections to offer Golitko as much mental-health attention as possible, and encouraged him to seek help and continue taking his anti-psychotic medication.