One of the men charged with Paul Costello's death executes plea deal
MARSHALL COUNTY, Ind. -- Maeson Coffin has accepted a plea agreement for charges related to the death of Paul Costello.
Coffin is the second person charged in Costello's death.
Last Wednesday Gauvin Monaghan was sentenced to 65 years in prison for the murder of Costello.
Prosecutor Nelson Chipman stated that there was no explanation for the murder.
Costello's body was found inside a plastic drum on his own property on November 5th, 2016. His hands and feet were bound and he had suffered multiple skull and facial fractures.
The judge worried that Monaghan was likely to reoffend so she gave him the maximum sentence.
The state said that Costello had offered Monaghan a place to stay, and in turn his generosity cost him his life.
Coffin, who is set to go to trial in 2018, will enter his plea agreement formally on January 3rd.
According to the probable cause affidavit Monaghan stated that Coffin killed Costello, and that he had only helped get rid of the body.
Monaghan and Coffin were both charged with one count of murder and one count of auto theft originally.