CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A man charged with the killings of five women and
two girls more than a decade ago was sentenced to 245 years in prison for
three of the killings and the rape of a 13-year-old girl.
Eugene Britt, who turns 49 on Saturday, will serve his 245-year sentence at
the same time with his sentence of life in prison plus 100 years for the
1995 slaying of an 8-year-old girl.
Britt pleaded guilty but mentally ill on Oct. 6 to murder in the
perpetration of rape in the deaths of Nakita Moore, 14; Tonya Dunlap, 24,
and Maxine Walker, 41, and in the rape of a 13-year-old Gary girl.
He had also admitted to killing and raping three other women — Betty Askew,
50; Michelle Burns, 27, and Deborah McHenry, 41 — but charges in those
deaths were dropped in the plea agreement, under which he waived his right
In November 1995, Britt was arrested in the slaying of 8-year-old Sarah Lynn
Paulsen in Porter County. In a confession to police in Paulsen’s August 1995
death, he admitted to a total of nine killings, but no charges were ever
filed in two of the cases.
Britt reached his plea agreement in the killings of Moore, Dunlap and Walker
a week after a judge ruled he was mentally retarded and could not be
sentenced to the death penalty.
Britt, who shook and wept Friday as he sat in his wheelchair, the result of
a failed suicide attempt 11 years ago when he threw himself in front of a
train, said he regretted his crimes.
“I’m truly sorry for my sins and I take full responsibility for my actions,
ain’t nobody but myself. God knows I’m guilty. God knows I’m guilty,” he
Defense attorney Gojko Kasich asked Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador
Vasquez to recommend that Britt be held in isolation. Vasquez, however, said
his order will read that Kasich made the request. He said Britt will be
housed in a maximum-security prison.
As he was wheeled from the courtroom, Britt shouted, “God loves me, too.”
Lake County prosecutors had been seeking the death penalty against Britt for
more than six years in connection with the 1995 killings in Gary, but
dropped that demand during plea agreement negotiations.
Lake County Prosecutor Bernard A. Carter said in a statement that Britt had
inflicted “unfathomable” violence on his victims and expressed sympathy to
their relatives. “This plea and sentence ensures that he will spend the rest
of his life in prison — never to inflict such agony on other victims and
their families,” Carter said.