Man pleads guilty to killing factory co-worker

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SCOTTSBURG, Ind. (AP) — A southern Indiana man is pleading guilty to murder in the death of a co-worker whose body was hidden for three years.

Forty-year-old Robert Riley of Austin entered the plea Monday in a Scott County court for the 2009 death of 50-year-old Paul Graupe. The judge scheduled his sentencing for Sept. 15.

The (Seymour) Tribune reports the two men had worked at a canning factory in the town of Austin and that relatives last saw Graupe when he left his home with plans to collect a debt from a co-worker.

Police say a tip in November 2012 led investigators to Riley’s home in the town about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. They found Graupe’s body hidden in a building on Riley’s property. 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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