Release Date: 
Friday, March 10, 2006

      *** MEDIA ADVISORY ***  March 10, 2006                                                        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  KREMPETZ ENTERS GUILTY PLEA IN MURDER OF BARBARA JO KEIM MEDIA CONTACT:  Curtis T. Hill, Jr. 296-1888             Elkhart County Prosecuting Attorney Curtis T. Hill, Jr. announced that Spenser Krempetz age nineteen (19) appeared in the Elkhart Circuit Court this morning and entered a plea of guilty to the three (3) crimes as charged in connection to the murder of forty-one (41) year old Barbara Jo Keim of Middlebury.  Keim was reported missing after her August 4, 2005 disappearance, which led to an investigation into her disappearance and ultimately the determination that she had been killed.            Krempetz, who, along with Aaron McDonald age eighteen (18) of Middlebury and Hannah Stone age seventeen (17) of Middlebury have been charged with Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, and Criminal Confinement While Armed with a Deadly Weapon.  The Prosecuting Attorney’s Office had filed a request seeking Life Without Parole for Krempetz for his role in the crime.  The trial for Krempetz had been scheduled to commence Monday, March 13, 2006.            “It was quite apparent to me following my initial review of this investigation, that Spenser Krempetz was a dangerous individual devoid of any redeeming quality,” said Hill.  “We never extended a plea offer to Mr. Krempetz nor have we done so now.  I was advised yesterday afternoon that he might enter a plea of guilty on Friday morning and now he has done so.  Next week we will present evidence to the Court in support of locking up Krempetz for life.”            The guilty plea was taken before Judge George Biddlecome filling in for Judge Terry Shewmaker who was out of town.  During the hearing, Krempetz was quizzed by Hill concerning his role in the abduction and murder of Keim, including the events culminating into her death by gunshot in a Kosciusko County cornfield.            “Krempetz implicated Hannah Stone and Aaron McDonald in the conspiracy plot as well as the murder and confinement of Ms. Keim and he testified that the plan to murder Barbara Jo Keim was the brainchild of her daughter, Hannah Stone,” said Hill.    Aaron McDonald had previously entered a plea of guilty to all charges and his case is set for sentencing, April 13, 2006.  Hannah Stone’s trial remains set for March 27, 2006.Judge Biddlecome scheduled the hearing on Life Without Parole for Monday, March 13, 2006 at 9:00 am in the Elkhart Circuit Court. ******