Man sentenced to 30 years for March murder

(WISH Photo, file)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A man was sentenced for the murder of Alan Cain on March 19 at the Duvall Residential Center.

38-year-old Joseph Motley was found guilty on lesser charges of aggravated battery. He was sentenced on July 22 for 30 years. He received 20 years for the murder plus an additional 10 for being a habitual offender.

40-year-old Alan Cain was allegedly assaulted Motley in March. Detectives reviewed surveillance video which reportedly showed Motley hit Cain one time in the side of the face, causing Cain to fall backwards on to a concrete floor of the A-dorm.

Cain was transported to Wishard Memorial Hospital for treatment. He was then transferred to the Intensive Care Unit where he remained sedated and placed on a ventilator. Police were notified on April 4 that Cain had died. An autopsy listed the cause of death as complications due to blunt force trauma and the manner of death being homicide.

Motley was serving time at the work release facility at the time of the incident. 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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