Jury: Murders sentence should be enhanced

GREENFIELD — A Hancock County jury found Tuesday that a man convicted of murder earlier this year should have a stricter sentence because of his criminal history.

Damian Coleman, 40, of Indianapolis, was found guilty of being a habitual offender after testimony about the man’s criminal history, which involves felony convictions for burglary and drug dealing, officials said.

Prosecutors presented evidence including fingerprints and court records they say proves Coleman committed the past offenses in addition to being found guilty last month of murdering McCordsville resident Shannon Kitchens, who was shot to death before his body was dumped along a county roadway.

Coleman will return to Hancock Circuit Court for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. April 10, officials said.

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Caitlin VanOverberghe is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3237 or cvanoverberghe@greenfieldreporter.com.