Man gets 80 years for killing university student


September 23, 2016


A judge sentenced a man to 80 years in prison Thursday for the beating death of an Indiana University student two weeks before she was due to graduate.

Daniel Messel of Bloomington was sentenced to 60 years behind bars for the April 2015 murder of Hannah Wilson, and another 20 years for being a habitual criminal. Indiana law requires Messel, 51, serve at least three-quarters of his sentence, or 60 years.

The body of the 22-year-old psychology major from Fishers, an Indianapolis suburb, was found in a vacant lot about 10 miles from IU's Bloomington campus. Messel's cell phone was found under the body.

Brown Circuit Judge Judith Stewart said that even what amounts to a life sentence was inadequate for Messel.

"There is nothing the court can do by sentence that brings complete justice," Stewart said.