Elkhart teens sentenced to more than 50 years in prison for felony murder


By: Associated Press

ELKHART, Ind. (AP) — Two teens have been given prison sentences of more than 50 years after being found guilty of murder in the shooting death of an 18-year-old Elkhart man.

The Elkhart Truth reports19-year-old Freddie Rhodes was sentenced Thursday to 58 years, while 17-year-old Deante Dalton received a 55-year sentence. A jury found the two guilty of felony murder June 22 in the death of Dre Tarrious Rodgers.

According to court documents, Rodgers was shot several times in September during a struggle over a handgun when he and the two defendants tried to rob a home.

Rhodes and Dalton were found responsible for his death under an Indiana law that allows someone to be charged with murder if a person dies while a felony is committed, even if they didn’t personally kill them.

Defense attorneys plan to appeal the case.

Read more about the sentencing and the history of the case in the full story from The Elkhart Truth.