Loren Fry, 78, was sentenced today to 55 years in prison and a $10,000 fine after being convicted of murder last month in the 2011 deadly shooting of Dave Schroder, a 76-year-old Logansport man.
Three members of Schroder's extended family took the stand during the sentencing hearing for Fry, Logansport, who faced 45 to 65 years in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine as a result of the murder conviction.
Family members requested the maximum penalty, citing their close relationship with Schroder.
"By taking away my grandpa, he has taken away my best friend," a tearful Nicole Schroder, 17, said. "He is the one that taught me how to ride a bike ... he was my heart and soul."
Members of the Indiana State Patrol also testified about aggravating circumstances which ultimately weren't considered in the sentencing. Fry himself took the stand briefly in Cass County Superior Court II just before Judge Rick Maughmer issued the sentence, stating his age meant he didn't "have much longer to live."
Fry, represented by attorneys Matthew Barrett and Brad Rozzi, plans to appeal the sentence.
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