Man gets 55 years for murder of hospital roommate

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RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — A man expressed remorse for killing another state hospital patient before a judge sentenced him to 55 years imprisonment.

Thirty-one-year-old Daniel Davis, formerly of Indianapolis, apologized in court Monday to the family 59-year-old Charles “Rick” Boyer. Boyer was found dead on Sept. 1, 2013, in the room the two shared at Richmond State Hospital.

Davis pleaded guilty but mentally ill to a murder charge in the beating death. A probable cause affidavit said he was diagnosed as mildly intellectually disabled.

The Palladium-Item reported hospital officials told police that Davis and Boyer had been roommates for several months and no prior incidents had occurred.

Boyer’s sister, Tyrenna Ball, testified he “was a sweet, kind man” who enjoyed nature, fishing and holidays. After the hearing, she said the sentence was “adequate.” 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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