Man found guilty in connection with attempt to kill police officers in Stueben County

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A man who tried to murder police officers during a standoff in Fremont, Indiana, has been sentenced to 115 years in prison.

In August, 39-year-old Joshua Kelley was found guilty of multiple charges relating to the 2018 standoff at Travelers Inn.

Court documents say police were sent to the motel, after receiving a 911 call from a woman who whispered, “I am at the Travelers Inn, and there is a dead girl in the bathroom.” The woman then hung up and called back minutes later with the message, “At the Travelers Inn in Fremont. There is a dead girl in the bathroom.”

At the motel, officers made their way to room 12, and saw the bathroom door was shut. When they opened the door, Kelley jumped out with a handgun and started firing at the officers.

Emergency crews made a perimeter around the hotel, and called in hostage negotiators to speak with Kelley. During the standoff, officers fired pepper gas into the room twice.

After several hours, Kelley came out of the room and was arrested. Kelley later told police he had been making meth in his truck, which was parked at the hotel. He also admitted to pointing a .380 at an officer’s head, and firing shots out the front window.

In total, Kelley was found guilty of:

– Two counts of Attempted Murder of police officers

– Two counts of Possession of Methamphetamine While in Possession of a Handgun

– Manufacturing Methamphetamine

– Pointing a Loaded Firearm at a police officer

– Theft of Firearm

– Possession of a Handgun without a License

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