The 60-year sentence for Isaiah Hagan has been confirmed.
Hagan, 23, was charged in the shooting death of Halee Rathgeber, a 20-year-old student at the University of Southern Indiana. Her body was found at the Alcoa Soccer Complex east of Newburgh on April 24, 2017. A jury delivered a guilty verdict after a trial spanning several weeks earlier this June.
Hagan returned to court last week for a sentence hearing to confirm the deal offered by the Warrick County Prosecutor's Office after the guilty verdict. After hearing from Rathgeber's family, Warrick County Circuit Court Judge Greg Granger confirmed the sentence.
In addition, Granger appointed a new attorney to represent Hagan if he chooses to appeal the verdict, which Hagan's attorney Mark Phillips indicated would be the next course for the case at the time of the verdict. Granger appointed Thomas Dysert to represent Hagan despite Phillips' request for Granger to reconsider the decision in order to allow the Phillips Law Firm to continue representing Hagan.
Now, Hagan will have 30 days to file an appeal in the case.