FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — One of two men charged in the death and dismemberment of a 55-year-old man pleaded guilty to charges Thursday.
Jacob Carreon-Hamilton, 20, was charged with assisting a criminal, abuse of a corpse and resisting law enforcement in the death of Shane Nguyen.
Police found Nguyen’s body in black plastic trash bags in his van April 25, two days after he was reported missing, an affidavit said. An autopsy determined Nguyen died from blows to his head.
The second defendant, Mathew Cramer II, 21, is charged with murder, abuse of a corpse and resisting law enforcement. Investigators have said they believe Cramer slammed Nguyen’s head to the ground, killing him. Cramer and Carreon-Hamilton are accused of then dismembering Nguyen's remains at a local storage unit, then placing them in the victim's van.