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In brief: Teen receives life for killing brother

Sat., Oct. 16, 2010

Rising Sun, Ind. – An Indiana teenager who told his girlfriend a few weeks before he strangled his 10-year-old brother that he wanted to be just like a fictional TV serial killer was sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole.

Andrew Conley, 18, bowed his head silently, and members of the courtroom audience gasped as Ohio Circuit Judge James Humphrey methodically read from a written sentencing order.

Conley unexpectedly pleaded guilty last month to the Nov. 28 murder of his brother, Conner.

“He deserved life, and that’s what he got,” said Dearborn-Ohio County Prosecutor Aaron Negangard, who had pushed for the most severe penalty.

The teenager told police he choked his brother while they were wrestling until the boy passed out. He said he then dragged his brother into the kitchen, put on gloves and continued strangling him for at least 20 minutes. He then put wrapped the boy’s head in two plastic bags.

The judge also noted that Conley had told his former girlfriend he wanted to be just like the Showtime serial killer character Dexter a few weeks before the killing.

Washington – President Barack Obama met with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday in a wide-ranging talk that included Rice giving the president a copy of her new book, the White House said.

The two met in the Oval Office for about a half hour and discussed “a range of national security issues,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

Aides reported that Rice brought with her a personalized copy of her new book, “Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family.” The volume describes Rice’s childhood in segregated Birmingham, Ala.


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