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Teenager pleads guilty in southern Indiana slaying, agrees to testify against 2 caught in Ohio

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BEDFORD, Indiana — A southern Indiana teenager has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for his role in the beating death of a man in his rural home.

Eighteen-year-old Austin Curtis of Bedford pleaded guilty to a murder charge in a Lawrence County court Monday for the February death of 43-year-old Rodney Allender.

The Times-Mail reports (http://bit.ly/1qIBNhj ) the plea agreement calls for Curtis to testify against 19-year-old Taylor Flynn of Bedford and a 16-year-old boy. They were arrested on murder warrants in the southern Ohio city of Ironton a couple days after Allender was found dead in his home about 60 miles south of Indianapolis.

A tearful Curtis testified he couldn't express how sorry he was for what he called a "catastrophe."

Authorities say money and guns were taken from Allender's home.


Information from: The Times-Mail, http://www.tmnews.com

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