Schneider sentenced to 85 years in murder

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Kyle Schneider of Huntingburg, front, is escorted into the Dubois County Courthouse in Jasper on Wednesday morning.

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

JASPER — The man convicted by jury last month in the Jan. 11 killing of 23-year-old Chloie E. Lubbehusen was sentenced to 85 years in prison for the crime today by Dubois Circuit Court Judge Nathan Verkamp.

That sentence for Kyle D. Schneider, 27, Huntingburg, includes the maximum 65 years for murder, coupled with the maximum 20-year enhancement for being found to be a habitual offender.

Schneider actually faces 91 years behind bars because, prior to Verkamp imposing the sentence in the murder case, the defendant pleaded guilty to an outstanding Level 4 felony count of possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon. He was sentenced to six years in the Indiana Department of Correction in that case, with the term to be consecutive to the murder sentence.

When Schneider’s weeklong murder trial had ended with a May 17 guilty verdict after a short deliberation, Lubbehusen’s family members shook hands with Prosecutor Anthony Quinn and hugged Chief Deputy Prosecutor Beth Sermersheim.

Today, people like Chloie’s parents, David R. and Barbara (Brown) Lubbehusen, who could not attend the trial because they were on potential witness lists, were among more than 40 individuals in the circuit courtroom as Chloie’s aunt, Diana Jochum, was selected to read a victim impact statement of behalf the entire family.

The family’s statement said the world lost “a ray of sunshine, a brilliant smile and the caring heart of Chloie Elizabeth Lubbehusen” on Jan. 11. Chloie was described as a gifted artist, creative writer and a very hard worker.

“We are proud of our family and the love each of us has for one another,” the statement read. “It’s something that is uncommon today and for us to be robbed of a lifetime of hugs, I love yous and time spent with Chloie is heartbreaking. None of our birthdays, holidays, vacations or family gatherings will ever be the same, ever.”

The family’s statement spoke of the tolls of physical stress and emotional hardship that can be seen “on every one of us. The constant mental battle to stay positive, keep focused and to avoid becoming something we are not is overwhelming. At times we lose that battle.

“The senseless acts of the defendant will haunt us forever, leaving a permanent void never to be lifted.”

The family said the sentencing would bring no closure, relief or satisfaction but, the statement said, the family would “trust that the judicial system will do what is absolutely necessary to make it impossible for the same set of hands to put another family in this unimaginable situation.”

The State called Dubois County Prosecutor’s Office investigator Rick Chambers to the stand today to speak to the calls Schneider had made from the Dubois County Security Center during his incarceration after his arrest for the murder. Chambers reviewed those calls and said Schneider had contacted a woman who was the protected party in a no-contact order more than 60 times using various inmates’ calling cards.

Quinn later indicated those calls continued to show Schneider’s disdain for the judicial system and the court’s authority.

Chambers alleged Schneider had attempted to arrange the sale of narcotics during some calls, ostensibly to fund an appeal, and he alleged Schneider had attempted to hide assets.

Prior to Verkamp’s sentencing, Quinn reviewed Schneider’s history of criminal and delinquent behavior and noted that, at the time of the murder, Schneider had felony cases pending in Oregon, Kentucky and Perry County.

The prosecutor told the judge that Schneider had taken no accountability for the crime and had shown no remorse. Quinn also said he had no doubt Schneider could harm or kill again.

The victim was found naked, stabbed and bleeding on the porch of a residence in the 5800 block of County Road 650S. She later succumbed to her wounds at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center.

Schneider was located, naked except for a pair of socks, hiding in a garage at the scene on the morning of the incident.

After the sentencing, Schneider indicated he would appeal the conviction and he asked the court to appoint counsel for the appeal. The court appointed the Ripstra Law Office for that action.

Verkamp’s sentence also ordered Schneider to pay restitution in the sum of $15,210.20 to cover the cost of Chloie’s funeral, burial expenses and grave marker.




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