In­di­anapo­lis man sen­tenced to 3 life terms for killing spree

Cape Breton Post - - Arts/ Entertainment -

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — An In­di­anapo­lis man has been sen­tenced to life in prison with­out pa­role for killing three peo­ple over four days in at­tacks last spring that au­thor­i­ties say he jus­ti­fied by cit­ing the hor­ror movie, “The Purge.’’ A Mar­ion County judge sen­tenced 20-year-old Johnathan Cruz to three con­sec­u­tive life terms on Thurs­day.

Cruz pleaded guilty last month to three counts of mur­der. In ex­change, pros­e­cu­tors dropped plans to seek the death penalty.

Cruz was charged with fa­tally shoot­ing three men dur­ing at­tacks on In­di­anapo­lis’ east and north sides. De­tec­tives say a wit­ness told them Cruz con­fessed he’d been “purg­ing’’ by shoot­ing and rob­bing peo­ple, re­fer­ring to the 2013 movie with a plot about vi­o­lent crime, in­clud­ing mur­der, be­ing le­gal one night each year. Prose­cu­tor Terry Curry says the at­tacks were “ab­so­lutely ran­dom.’’

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