(PAOLI) - Sterlen Keller was sentenced to 32 years in prison after an Orange County jury convicted him on charges of burglary, theft, auto theft and failure to report a dead body.
The 12-member jury cleared him of the murder of 79-year-old Robert Collier of rural Orleans.
Orange Circuit Court Judge Larry Blanton sentenced 24-year-old Keller, to 32 years in prison with seven suspended. Keller also will get credit for 591 days already served in the Orange County Jail since his arrest in October 2010.
Keller was one of two men charged with murder after Collier's badly decomposed body was found behind the barn on his property near Bromer. The other man who was arrested was Marvin Noland, 20, Pekin. Noland is scheduled to go on trial in Orange Circuit Court on Aug. 21.
Keller's court-appointed public defender, Nick Herthel of Bedford, said Keller will exercise his right to an appeal.
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