Woman sentenced to 45 years after pleading guilty to "rape fantasy" murder
NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- A Floyd County judge sentenced a New Albany woman to 45 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to murdering a man after a sexual encounter.
Judge Maria Granger sentenced Lisa Shuler to the term recommended as part of her guilty plea on January 29.
Shuler is now convicted of murdering Charles Pierce, 49, in her New Albany home last May after what police called a "rape fantasy."
Police said she used text messages and other means to lure Pierce to her home and that the couple engaged in sexual activity.
Shuler shot Pierce over sexually compromising photos of her stored in his cell phone, according to police.
In court Wednesday, Shuler apologized to Pierce's family.
"I know I can't take away any of the hurt. I regret that day and wish there were things I could change," she said.
Pierce's mother, Mildred Pierce, said she did not believe Shuler's apology to be sincere.
"She planned it, but maybe she won't plan another one," Mildred Pierce said.
She said she lived next door to her youngest son, who checked on her twice daily.
"He was always coming over, and I still expect that back door to open and holler 'Mom.' I don't know how long that's going to take," she said. "Everytime I go out on the deck, there's his house."
Relatives of Charles Pierce and Shuler filled the courtroom gallery for the 11-minute sentencing.
Shuler's grandmother said both families have lost people they can never replace.
"If it hadn't been for drugs, alcohol and perverse sex, neither one of them would be lost," Iretta Michael said.
"She was raised in a Christian family, and I don't know, she went down. She chose to go the other way, she's repentative, but she's going to pay 45 years. She's not a cold-blooded murderer," Michael said.
Floyd Co. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Steve Owen called the sentence "just."
"The facts showed an intentional act on Ms. Shuler's part, and a premeditated act through text messages. She had invited him to the house," Owen said.
In a written statement read before the court, Mildred Pierce said: "May 6, 2013, was the worst night of my life. The pain and hurt is great. It left a hole in my family I cannot get over. I cannot understand why she took his life."
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