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March 18, 2014

Jasonville man gets 81 years in Linton teen’s death

Katelyn Wolfe went missing last June

BLOOMFIELD — A judge sentenced a Jasonville man to 81 years in prison Tuesday for the abduction and slaying of a 19-year-old Linton woman whose body was found in a rural lake five days after she disappeared last year.

Greene Superior Court Judge Dena Martin sentenced Jordan Buskirk, 27, to 63 years in prison on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and criminal confinement, with those sentences to be served concurrently. Buskirk also faces an 18-year sentence for conspiracy to commit rape, to be served after the other sentences.

Martin called the crimes committed against Katelyn Wolfe of Linton last June heinous, cold and calculated.

“Our community is not safe with someone like you in it,” she told Buskirk.

He had pleaded guilty to the crimes in December. He told investigators he and 26-year-old Randal Crosley, also of Jasonville, had discussed raping and killing a stranger, saying it “was just something that popped into their heads,” according to court documents.

Buskirk’s sentence is the same length as the one Crosley received earlier this month.

Martin said aggravating factors in the case far outweighed any mitigating factors that would have lessened the sentence.

Buskirk’s court-appointed attorney, Jacob Fish, had argued Buskirk deserved some consideration for his cooperation with investigators that helped them find evidence. He said Buskirk had a young child and no prior criminal history, admitted his guilt and saved the county two trials, one for Buskirk and one for Crosley.

When Buskirk was asked if he wanted to make a statement before sentencing, he said, “I’m really, really sorry for what I did. I was not in my right mind.”

Buskirk also addressed the victim’s father, Eric Wolfe.

“I deserve to be punished. Not only have I destroyed your family, but mine too. I can’t bring her back. I’m sorry. I’m sorry,” Buskirk said while crying.

Buskirk told investigators that he and Crosley picked up Wolfe, to whom they said they had previously sold Valium, near her home. They fatally choked her along a rural road, placed her body in the trunk of Buskirk’s car and drove around getting high before arriving at the lake, court documents said.

Buskirk testified neither of the men had sex with Wolfe.

The woman’s body was found tied to a 20-pound weight in a lake in the Greene-Sullivan State Forest on June 10, five days after Wolfe was last seen.

 

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