18-year-old Aprina Paul's family may never know how she died, but they do have someone to blame.
30-year-old Nathan Middleton of rural Evansville was convicted in March of hiding a corpse and mutilating a corpse in connection with the death of the recent high school graduate who went missing last October.
Middleton told authorities that he brought Paul to his home to have sex for money, and that while there she snorted an unknown drug. He reported that when he woke up the next morning he panicked, and burned her body in a backyard fire. pit.
At his sentencing Wednesday, Judge Richard Werner says there's no excuse for the pain Middleton caused Aprina Paul's mother.
Middleton was sentenced to 21 years in prison plus extended supervision, which will run consecutively to an eight year sentence he's currently serving for violating the terms of the probation for two previous convictions from 2004 and 2005.