Sep 19, 2014 5:23 PM
Purdue shooter sentenced to 65 years in prison
The Associated Press
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) An Indiana man who admitted fatally stabbing and shooting a fellow Purdue University student inside a crowded classroom was sentenced Friday to the maximum 65 years in prison after telling a judge he lied about being mentally ill.
Tippecanoe Superior Court Judge Thomas Busch cited Cody Cousins' lack of remorse, the viciousness of the Jan. 21 attack on Andrew Boldt and Cousins' apparent pride in Boldt's death in rejecting the defense's request that Cousins be found guilty but mentally ill.
"That's not insanity. That's not mental illness," Busch said, calling the slaying a "crime of terror."
Both Cousins and Boldt were teaching assistants in Purdue's electrical engineering program at the time of the attack. Prosecutors said Cousins shot Boldt, of West Bend, Wisconsin, five times, including three times in the face, and cut him 19 times in front of horrified students.
Cousins pleaded guilty to the slaying last month. Defense attorneys argued that the 24-year-old Warsaw man was mentally ill at the time of the attack and asked that he receive treatment now instead of upon his release from prison.
Cousins told Busch at a May 8 hearing that he was taking medication to treat schizophrenia. But he testified Friday that he killed Boldt "because I wanted to" and said he lied to doctors about having auditory hallucinations.
Experts who examined Cousins said he didn't show signs of mental illness the day Boldt was killed.
Cousins has been jailed since his arrest soon after the attack, which sent students scurrying for cover and prompted school officials to put the campus on lockdown. He surrendered to a police officer outside the Electrical Engineering Building within minutes of the shooting.