Man sentenced to 60 years for murder of Indiana teen

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The 20-year-old northwest Indiana man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend learned his fate today.

Dustin McCowan declined to comment before the judge handed him a six decade prison sentence. The 20-year-old was found guilty of killing is ex-girlfriend, 19-year-old Amanda Bach in September of 2011.  Her body was found in a wooded area about 300 yards from the home in Union Township where McCowen was living at the time.

Amanda Bach’s parents, Bill and Sandy, called the sentence bittersweet.  They were hoping for life without parole.

“This isn’t about Dustin. This is about Amanda.  He’s the one that made the decision to take a young girl’s life,” said Bill Bach.

In a messy scene outside the courtroom, McCowan father Elliot, a Crown Point police officer declined to comment while family members cursed at reporters and photographers as they walked out.  McCowen’s mother said her son didn’t murder anyone.

Prosecutors called members of the McCowen family “dishonest, cowardly and pathetic”

Prosecutors are happy with the 60 year prison sentence.

During her victim impact statement, Amanda Bach’s mother told Dustin mcCowen that he will not get the best of her.

“I can’t let what he did to me and my family rule the way I’m going to live,” said Sandy Bach. “I have to go on for my daughter.  That’s all I can do.”

Defense attorneys say they are planning an appeal and are hoping for a new trial outside Porter County.

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