Elkhart man pleads guilty in connection with dismemberment death

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A man accused of helping to kill and dismember a Fort Wayne man is pleading guilty.

Jacob Carreon-Hamilton, 20, of Elkhart, is one of the suspects in the death of 55-year-old Shane Nguyen. He’s is charged with abuse of a corpse, assisting a criminal in a murder, and resisting law enforcement.

Court papers say a friend of Carreon-Hamilton’s, 21-year-old Matthew Cramer, got a ride from Elkhart to Fort Wayne with Nguyen in Nguyen’s van on April 24. Cramer allegedly took Nguyen to a storage unit and killed him.

Cramer left Nguyen’s body in the storage unit, went to Goshen, and picked up Carreon-Hamilton and a third man, 20-year-old Cody Clements. Evidence shows the trio purchased tarps, hacksaw blades, and shovels before Carreon-Hamilton and Cramer returned to the storage unit.

Inside the storage unit, the pair cut up Nguyen’s body and placed the parts in trash bags, court papers say. The remains were then loaded into the back of Nguyen’s van.

On the morning of April 25, Fort Wayne police spotted the van. When they tried to stop it, the van sped off and a chase ensued. The van eventually crashed in a yard and Carreon-Hamilton and Cramer ran off. When police searched the van, they found the trash bags containing Nguyen’s remains.

Officers searched the storage unit and found a tarp with blood on it and a large knife, along with some of Nguyen’s belongings.

Carreon-Hamilton and Cramer were arrested on April 26.

The Goshen News reports Carreon-Hamilton will be sentenced in December, shortly after Cramer’s trial is set to begin.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Not a problem . Preferably the death penalty without that , life in prison .
    Let out in 1 year for being nice in prison.
    Watch the judge and prosecutor. Remember at election time . Hold them accountable too.

  2. Its scary to think the smallest loophole or mistake could put this evil subhuman back on streets! How do defense attorneys even find the gall to fight for killers lives? Taxpayers shouldnt have to feed and house these animals. Black sites would be best! Like Siberia

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