News From Terre Haute, Indiana

December 17, 2013

Byron Sutton receives 40-year sentence for murder


The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A Terre Haute man received a 40-year prison sentence after admitting that he killed his handicapped brother last year.

Byron Sutton, 48, appeared Tuesday in Vigo Superior Court 5 where Judge Michael Rader accepted a plea agreement and gave Sutton credit for 436 days — doubled to 872 days due to “good time” credit” — already spent in the Vigo County Jail awaiting trial.

Sutton was arrested in October 2012 after his DNA was found on the revolver recovered from the dead man’s apartment. Sutton killed his older brother, Guy Sutton, whose decomposing remains were discovered in March 2012 inside his own Dreiser Square apartment.

Guy Sutton died of a single gunshot wound to the head, an autopsy revealed. His body was found after maintenance employees opened the apartment to clean it because the tenant had failed to pay rent for two months.

During the investigation into the death of Guy Sutton, who was a double amputee, police found a large amount of blood on a couch in the apartment, along with a handgun.

Byron Sutton was originally charged with felony murder and with failure to give notice of violent or suspicious death, a class-D felony. However, the plea agreement amended the murder charge to voluntary manslaughter, a class-A felony. The class-D felony charged was dismissed in the plea agreement.

Rader ordered that the remainder of Sutton’s 40-year sentence be served in the Indiana Department of Correction.