INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Simeon Adams, 17, pleaded guilty Thursday in the murder of Nathan Trapuzzano, according to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
Trapuzzano, 24, was killed in April 2014 while on his morning walk in his neighborhood. Surveillance video showed a suspect following Trapuzzano before gunning him down. Trapuzzano was a newlywed whose wife was pregnant at the time.
Adams admitted Thursday to shooting and killing Trapuzzano. Adams, who was 16 at the time of the murder, was charged as an adult.
“We really wanted to make sure that we made a wise decision and that he’s where he belongs, behind bars, and hopeuflly this doesnt happen to another family,” Shayne Trappuzzano, Nathan’s sister, told 24-Hour News 8 Thursday evening.
“Hopefully lessons have been learned or at least, you know, it’s been realized the impact that this has had,” Shayne added.
Adams is expected to be sentenced to serve 55 years in prison.
“The conviction of Simeon Adams for this tragic and senseless crime was important for the entire community, as so many have grieved with the Trapuzzano family over the loss of Nathan,” Prosecutor Terry Curry stated. “I commend IMPD’s officers and detectives for their investigation and identification of Adams just days after the incident.”
A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 24.