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Man Sentenced To 55 Years For Killing Stepdaughter

Last updated on Thursday, June 21, 2012

(BOONVILLE) - A southwestern Indiana man has been sentenced to 55 years in prison after being convicted of murder in the death of his 15-year-old stepdaughter.

Warrick Circuit Judge David Kelley also sentenced 35-year-old Ryan Lee Shelby of Rockport to 1 1/2 years for obstruction of justice and one year each for two counts of false informing.

The body of Alexis Oesterle was found behind a shed in the backyard of their home about 30 miles southeast of Evansville less than two hours after Shelby reported her missing on Nov. 2, 2009. She bled to death after her throat was cut.

WFIE and the Evansville Courier & Press reported the defense maintained Shelby's innocence and said it will appeal his May convictions.

The trial was moved to Warrick County because of pretrial publicity.

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