Hannah Stone was seventeen years old when she orchestrated the murder of her mother in Indiana. According to court documents Hannah Stone and her mother were having issues regarding Hannah’s boyfriend Spenser Krempetz. The mother and daughter arguments progressed to the point Hannah was booted from the residence for not breaking up with Spenser. The two teens would begin to plan the murder of her mother. The night before the brutal murder Hannah Stone and Spenser Krempetz would go over to the home of Aaron McDonald to enlist him in their plans.
Hannah Stone would knock on her mothers door saying she needed to grab some clothes. When the mother opened the door she was pushed over by Spenser Krempetz who bulldozed his way into the residence. Aaron McDonald and Spenser would bound the woman up then leave the residence to go collect money using the victims debit card. Hannah Stone would stay behind with her mother in case anyone showed up at the door.
When the two teenaged boys returned Spenser Krempetz would tell the victim to recite the Lords Prayer and when she was done he shot her in the head. The teens would leave the residence. Aaron McDonald returned to the victims home the next day to steal a check book however when he attempted to cash a check he would be arrested and quickly told police everything.
Hannah Stone would be convicted of her mothers murder and sentenced to one hundred years in prison. Spenser Krempetz would be sentenced to life in prison without parole.. Aaron McDonald received a sixty two year sentence and is eligible for parole after thirty one years. Spenser Krempetz would take his own life in 2015 while incarcerated
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|Date of Birth||03/22/1988|
|Facility/Location||Indiana Women’s Prison|
|Earliest Possible Release Date *|
*Offenders scheduled for release on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday are released on Monday. Offenders scheduled for release on a Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday are released on Thursday. Offenders whose release date falls on a Holiday are released on the first working day prior to the Holiday.
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The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld a 62-year sentence Wednesday for a Middlebury teenager who confessed to helping plan and carry out the murder of a friend’s mother.
Aaron McDonald argued that Elkhart Circuit Judge Terry Shewmaker’s sentence was too harsh because he improperly considered aggravating and mitigating factors and because it did not fit the nature of the crime and McDonald’s character.
McDonald, 19, helped Hannah L. Stone, 18, and Spenser A. Krempetz, 20, to kill Barbara Keim, a 41-year-old registered nurse, in August 2005. Keim was Stone’s mother.
McDonald and Krempetz abducted Keim from her Middlebury apartment and took her to a cornfield, where Krempetz shot her in the back of the head.
McDonald said at the sentencing hearing in April 2006 that he became involved for a promise of $400. He also returned to Keim’s apartment and wrote himself a check for $800 so he could buy cocaine and marijuana.
The appeals court panel said that whether Shewmaker properly considered aggravating and mitigating factors when the sentence is within the statutory range was not an issue for appellate review.
It also rejected McDonald’s argument that Shewmaker did not take into account the nature of the crime and his character.
“Although he helped the state by pleading guilty, McDonald received significant benefits from a plea agreement that limited his total sentence to 65 years out of a possible 140 years. McDonald’s 62-year sentence was not inappropriate based on the nature of the offense and the character of the offender,” the panel wrote.
Hannah Stone was sentenced to 100 years in prison. Krempetz was sentenced to life without parole.
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On August 4, 2005, seventeen-year-old Hannah Stone and her mother, Barbara Keim,
argued about Stone’s boyfriend, eighteen-year-old Spenser Krempetz. Keim and Stone
eventually agreed that Stone would move out of Keim’s house. After the argument,
Stone smoked marijuana and went to the home of seventeen-year-old Aaron McDonald.
Krempetz arrived at McDonald’s house later that day. The three teens created a plan to
kill Stone’s mother.
Later that day, Hannah Stone, McDonald, and Krempetz drove to Keim’s house to carry
out their plan. Stone knocked on Keim’s door, knowing that Keim would not answer if
she saw Krempetz or McDonald. When Keim opened the door for Stone, Krempetz
entered the house and tackled Keim. Krempetz bound Keim’s hands and covered her
eyes and mouth with duct tape, and McDonald stole money, Keim’s debit card, and a
check from the home. After Stone and Krempetz put Keim in a car, Krempetz and
McDonald drove Keim to a cornfield in nearby Kosciusko County, where Krempetz shot
and killed her.
The State charged Hannah Stone with murder, a felony; conspiracy to commit murder, a
Class A felony; and criminal confinement, a Class B felony. Stone originally pleaded not
guilty, but in March 2006 she entered into a plea agreement, under which she pleaded
guilty as charged. The plea agreement provided, in part: “The parties agree to a
stipulated sentence of one hundred years (100).
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Young love will make teenagers do the craziest things. Immaturity, inexperience, surging emotions and raging hormones can turn the tiniest crush into the love of a lifetime, and make casual encounters seem like torrid affairs. Sparks flew when 17-year-old Hannah Stone began dating Spenser Krempetz, 18. And when Stone’s mother, Barbara Keim, tried to break them up because of Krempetz’ drug use and bad influence, she paid for it with her life.
In summer 2005, Barbara Jo Keim’s life was in flux. The 41-year-old was getting divorced, and had recently moved to Middlebury, Indiana. When not working as a nurse at Elkhart General Hospital, she was busy her raising her children, then-teenaged Stone and 5-year-old Timothy. Despite the upheaval at home, she was well liked around town, at work and at her church, according to local newspaper The Elkhart Truth.
Unfortunately, Keim’s relationship with her daughter was strained. The two argued and fought often, frequently about Hannah’s relationship with her boyfriend, Spenser Krempetz. He came with intense personal baggage, having grown up in an abusive household, and was sexually molested when he was 5 years old, according to The Elkhart Truth. An intelligent child who got bad grades, he attended 13 different schools and began drinking alcohol in elementary school. By the time he was a teenager, he was a frequent marijuana smoker, and also dabbled with heroin and LSD. He left home at 16 and drifted between friends’ houses.
In early August, the ongoing battle between mother and daughter finally came to a head. Keim kicked Stone out of her apartment after she refused to break up with Krempetz. The teenage couple, brought closer by their perceived persecution, seethed with rage at the injustice of it all, and concocted a plan to exact vengeance upon the source of their anger; Barbara Keim.
“She was getting in the way of my affairs,” Krempetz wrote in prison journals quoted by The Elkhart Truth. Eventually, talk turned to robbery and murder — both of which Krempetz had long been fascinated with.
“I just wanted to kill,” he wrote in his diary. “The money was just a bonus.”
A day before the murder, Stone and Krempetz went to the home of friend Aaron McDonald, 17, to hang out, get high and enlist him in their plans to rob and kill Barbara Keim.
“She said that her and her mother didn’t get along. Hannah’s mom wouldn’t let her and Spenser be together,” McDonald would later testify, according to according to The Elkhart Truth.
At first, McDonald wasn’t interested, but he later agreed to help, after being promised $400 and supplied a gun.
The following night, on Aug. 4, 2005, Keim was home alone. Her son was with his father, the divorce having just been finalized. She heard a knock on her apartment door. It was Hannah, saying she needed to pick up some clothes. Once she opened the door, Krempetz ran in and tackled her. “She was screaming,” McDonald testified, according to The Elkhart Truth. He pulled out his gun and told her to be quiet.
According to court documents, Krempetz bound Keim’s arms, eyes, and mouth with duct tape. They retrieved her ATM card and got her PIN. While Stone stayed behind as a decoy to reassure anyone who had heard her mother’s screams, Krempetz and McDonald loaded Keim into a van, then drove to local shopping mall with an ATM. Despite their attempts to withdraw more, they were only able to get $200.
Krempetz drove south, out of town and into rural Kosciusko County. “It felt like hours,” McDonald would later say. Krempetz eventually stopped the van, took McDonald’s gun, and marched Keim into the middle of a cornfield. In his prison diaries, Krempetz claimed he told her to recite the Lord’s Prayer. When she finished, he asked if she’d said, “Amen.” Then, he shot her once in the back of the head, killing her. Krempetz originally intended to kill McDonald as well, according to The Elkhart Truth. Instead, they split the $200 and spent it on cigarettes, marijuana and rolling papers.
Krempetz and McDonald drove back to Keim’s apartment to meet up with Stone. “He said he was going to have sex with Hannah in Mrs. Keim’s bed; he was going to sleep in her bed,” McDonald would testify, according to The Elkhart Truth. “He said it felt good to take someone’s soul.” Once they got there, the trio got high. McDonald said that Stone was giddy and excited, at one point saying, “I love (that) my mom’s dead.”
When Keim didn’t show up to work the next day, and failed to pick up her son, her sister reported her missing. At that point, Stone was considered missing as well. Friends and family handed out fliers and spoke to reporters, publicizing the case.
Unhappy he’d been shortchanged $300, McDonald returned to Keim’s apartment the day after the murder and stole a check. He made it out to himself for $800, allegedly to buy marijuana and cocaine, according to The Indianapolis Star newspaper. When he went to cash it, police were notified and he was detained. He quickly folded under questioning and told them exactly what had happened to Barbara Keim — and where they could find her dead body.
On Aug. 8, the Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County announced the arrest of Stone, Krempetz and McDonald. Krempetz and Hannah had been hiding out at a motel in nearby Goshen, and were found in possession on some of Keim’s belongings. According to court documents, all three were charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and criminal confinement. Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney Curtis T. Hill he would seek life imprisonment without parole for all three defendants.
On March 10, 2006, the Prosecuting Attorney for Elkhart County announced that Spenser Krempetz had pleaded guilty on all counts. He was sentenced to life without parole for Keim’s murder, and received an additional 65 years for the other two counts against him, according to The Elkhart Truth, with all three sentences to be served consecutively. According to the Indiana Department of Corrections, he died in prison in January 2015.
Prosecutors agreed to drop life sentences against Hannah Stone and Aaron McDonald in exchange for them pleading guilty on all charges. In April 2006, McDonald received a 62-year prison sentence, according to NBC affiliate WAVE3 News, and will be first eligible for parole in 2036. That same month, Stone was sentenced to 100 years in prison and was ordered to have no contact with her younger brother, according to The Times of Northwest Indiana. Now 31, her earliest possible release date is 2053, according to the Indiana Department of Corrections, at which point she will be 65 years old.
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