Man gets 60 years in prison for roommate’s death

Ryan A. Klug arrives at Bartholomew County Courthouse for sentencing in the death of Adaobi Obih Thursday May 22, 2014. (Photo courtesy of The Republic/Joe Harpring)

COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A central Indiana man who says a television message told him to kill his roommate has been sentenced to 60 years in prison for the woman’s death.

A Bartholomew County judge ordered the sentence Thursday for 37-year-old Ryan Klug. He pleaded guilty but mentally ill last month to murder charges for the November death of 26-year-old Adaobi Obih in the Columbus apartment they shared.

The Republic reports Judge Stephen Heimann described Klug’s actions in choking, stabbing and slashing Obih’s throat as a butchering.

Klug said he intended to appeal the sentence.

Klug told a psychiatrist that television voices told him to kill Obih, who was an engineer at Cummins Inc.

Her friends say Obih was sharing the two-bedroom apartment with Klug to save on expenses. 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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