A Jackson Township man is pleading guilty to the murder of his wife.
On Thursday, Fredrick C. Cashner Jr., 56, of 371 E. Tratebas Road, admitted
shooting his wife, Cynthia Cashner, 51, multiple times with an assault rifle
at her business in Portage in April 2011.
Under an agreement with the Porter County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office,
Cashner would be sentenced to 45 years in prison, the minimum term for
murder. The maximum: 65 years.
Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford has set sentencing for Jan. 3.
Cashner would be eligible for release after serving half his sentence.
At 10:25 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2011, a 911 dispatcher took a call from the
Mystic Moon Herbal Shoppe. What the dispatcher heard was this: labored
breathing, a man’s voice saying “It’s too late,” and gunshots.
Officers dispatched to the scene found Cynthia Cashner, in her upstairs
quarters on an air mattress, dead of multiple gunshot wounds to both legs,
left hip, abdomen, both shoulders, and neck. She appears to have been
sitting on the air mattress at the time, working on her laptop computer.
Eight 7.62x39 shell casings—consistent with those fired by an assault rifle
commonly called the AK-47, according to the probable cause affidavit—were
recovered from the scene. Evidence indicated that several of the bullets had
ricocheted off the cement floor.
About 30 minutes after the initial 911 call, Cynthia Cashner’s son reported
that his step-father, Fredrick Cashner, had contacted him at 10:33
p.m.—eight minutes after that initial 911 call—and told him that he’d just
killed his step-son’s mother, the affidavit states.
Officers responded to Cashner’s residence on Tratebas Road, where they
observed someone moving inside the home. The occupant would not answer the
door, however, or respond to requests for communication. A search warrant
was obtained, the Porter County Sheriff’s Police SWAT Team responded to the
scene, and eventually Cashner did exit the residence.
His words to officers, the affidavit states: “What took you so long? I’ve
been waiting for you and there’s no problems here.”
Recovered from a pickup truck parked at the residence were an AK-47 with a
round chambered and a magazine seated; and a second loaded magazine lying
next to the rifle.