The Herald Bulletin

April 20, 2013

Convicted murderer's 65-year sentence upheld

By Jack Molitor
The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, Ind. — An Anderson man who was sentenced to 65 years in prison for stabbing a woman to death was denied an appeal Friday.

Eddie Hargrow, 69, and his attorney Christopher Cage claimed Madison Circuit Court 3 Judge Thomas Newman handed down too severe a sentence when he sent Hargrow to prison in July 2012, according to court documents.

Hargrow admitted to murdering Beverly Burnett, 48 on Feb. 4, 2012. State Appellate Judge Paul Mathias upheld Newman’s sentence and denied the appeal, claiming Hawgrow’s actions “put him in the class of worst possible offenders.”

According to the probable cause affidavit, Hargrow told police he visited Burnett at her Anderson house to use cocaine and pay her for oral sex. During their encounter, Hargrow said he believed Burnett was attempting to steal from him, so he grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed her.

Burnett was transported to St. Vincent’s Medical Center where she died.

Hargrow’s incarceration at the Madison County Jail raised several issues as he suffers from multiple health conditions and required being connected to a dialysis machine. According to Newman, keeping Hargrow at the jail was becoming expensive so the prosecution allowed him to be released on in-home detention beginning May 30. During that time Hargrow underwent a medical procedure that, had he been incarcerated, the county would have had to cover.

In the appeal, Hargrow and Cage claimed the sentence was inappropriate because of the nature of Hargrow’s character.

Mathias cited Hargrow’s extensive criminal history and the fact that he stabbed Burnett several times even after the blade broke. Mathias said Hargrow had a violent tendency to harm others.

“The lengthy and serious criminal history depicts a consistent inability to lead a law-abiding life,” Mathias wrote in the appeals decision.

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