Prosecutors seek life in prison in arson death

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking life in prison without parole for a man accused of starting a central Indiana house fire that killed a 6-year-old girl.

Tippecanoe County prosecutors filed the request Wednesday, citing as aggravating factors that the death occurred during the commission of an arson and with a victim younger than age 12.

Thirty-three-year-old Ryan M. Moynagh faces a murder charge in the Nov. 9 death of Katelyn Sue Lane. He hasn’t been tried or convicted in that case and faces a Friday status hearing.

The Journal & Courier reports Katelyn suffered third-degree burns and smoke inhalation following the fire at a house near Lafayette. She was later pronounced dead at a Lafayette hospital.

A message seeking comment from defense attorney Michael Trueblood wasn’t immediately returned Thursday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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