Man convicted in ex-girlfriend’s killing to get 60 years

By The Associated Press

BOONVILLE — A man convicted of murder, robbery and obstruction of justice in the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend in southwestern Indiana has agreed to a 60-year prison sentence.

The update came Thursday after a jury returned the verdict Monday in the case against 23-year-old Isaiah Hagan. He could have received life without parole. Sentencing is Aug. 2.

Defense attorney Mark Phillips argued during the trial that other people could have been involved in 20-year-old Halee Rathgeber’s death. He says an appeal of the conviction is planned.

Hagan was charged in Rathgeber’s April 2017 slaying. The body of the University of Southern Indiana student was found at a soccer complex. Hagan’s first trial ended in a mistrial after his lawyer learned at least one juror had seen Hagan in a holding cell.

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