Teen pleads guilty to killing brother

Andrew Conley (Source Indiana State Police)
Andrew Conley (Source Indiana State Police)
Conner Conley
Conner Conley
Andrew Conley arrives in court Monday morning
Andrew Conley arrives in court Monday morning
Andrew Conley leaves court Monday morning
Andrew Conley leaves court Monday morning

By Brad Underwood – bio | email

RISING SUN, IN (FOX19) - An Indiana teenager has pled guilty to the murder of his 10-year-old brother.

Andrew Conley, 17, killed his brother, Conner, in November of 2009. Jury selection was supposed to begin Monday for Andrew Conley's trial, but he pled guilty instead.

Conley's defense team had planned to use an insanity defense, but doctors found that was competent, leading to his guilty plea.

"He's been very remorseful and from the beginning he's wanted to plead guilty," said Gary Sorgi, Conley's attorney. "As defense attorneys, we have a job to do and that's what we've done, but the bottom line is it's Andrew's decision and that's what he wanted to do."

Three medical experts say Andrew Conley has several medical issues like depression, multiple personalities and even labeled him a psychopath.  However, because Conley has expressed remorse for killing his little brother, in Indiana that means he is not insane.

The sentencing phase begins Wednesday in front of a judge. Conley is facing 45 to 65 years in prison or life in prison without parole.

"Andrew Conley should receive a sentence of life without parole," said Aaron Negangard, Dearborn/Ohio county prosecutor. "We are concerned what the future holds for Andrew Conley, life without parole is the only just and appropriate sentence."

Police say Conley strangled Conner to death in Rising Sun, then dumped his body in the woods of a nearby park. Conner was found with a plastic bag over his head.  Andrew Conley allegedly told officers that he did it to satisfy a craving to kill.

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