SULLIVAN COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The second of two men charged in connection to a deadly 2021 shooting has accepted a plea deal.
Matthew T. Earle, 25, signed a plea agreement that was filed in Sullivan County Circuit Court on Thursday.
Earle appeared in court Friday morning via Zoom™ from the Vigo County Jail where he’s being held. Judge Bob Hunley stopped short of accepting the guilty plea, stating that he wanted to give the victim’s family time to be notified and the chance to be there for the guilty plea in court.
Judge Hunley read out the details of the agreement, which calls for a sentence of 6-years behind bars, a $25 fine, and no contact with the victims.
The plea deal calls for Earle to plead guilty to a singular charge of criminal recklessness. In exchange for the guilty plea, the prosecution will drop the other five charges, including murder, attempted murder, and carrying a handgun without a license within 500 ft. of a school.
Earle’s co-defendant, Kyle Johnson, recently pleaded guilty to the charge of voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced to 35-years as a result.
The charges stem from the shooting death of Shelburn teen Mezmariah L. Wilson in 2021 in Carlisle.
Judge Hunley then ordered a pre-sentence investigation ahead of the future change of plea and sentencing hearing. Hunley also ordered that Earle be brought to the Sullivan County Courthouse to plead in person at 9 a.m. on November 28.