Jury convicts man for 2016 Staunton murder

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CLAY COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A Clay County man is facing up to 87 1/2 years in prison following his Wednesday conviction for murder and abuse of a corpse.

A jury took around four hours to convict Jesse Mathews in the 2016 murder of Virginia Marie Myrtle of Staunton, Ind.

Mathews will be headed back to prison just months after being released on a burglary conviction. He was released in June after serving three years of a five-year sentence. He had since been incarcerated at the Clay County jail awaiting the murder trial.

The murder conviction carries a sentence of anywhere from 45 to 65 years in prison. Because Mathews was convicted as a habitual offender, he faces and additional minimum of six years and up to 20 years to the sentence. The abuse of a corpse charge could add another 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 years.

A sentencing hearing was scheduled for Oct. 14.

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