Indiana teenager gets 62 years in Portage man’s killing

SHARE Indiana teenager gets 62 years in Portage man’s killing

Thomas Reichler. | Porter County, Ind., sheriff’s office

VALPARAISO, Ind. — A northern Indiana teenager convicted of fatally shooting a man in front of his wife and children has been sentenced to 62 years in prison.

A Porter County, Indiana, judge cited 19-year-old Thomas Reichler’s lengthy criminal history before sentencing him Friday in the December 2014 killing of 36-year-old Alexius Tapia.

The judge noted that Reichler’s criminal history started with an arrest at 11 for arson and burglary.

A jury convicted Reichler of murder in August in Tapia’s killing after the man caught Reichler and the others stealing from his vehicles. His wife and children witnessed the shooting outside their Portage home.

Shortly before he was sentenced, Reichler told the court, “I wish I could take it back, but I can’t.”

The Latest
The Platform Committee — some 200 Democrats from 57 states and territories — will hold a virtual hearing on July 9.
Count Fedde among GM Chris Getz’s most valuable commodities.
The All-Star Game, which will feature Team USA and a team of WNBA All-Stars, will be played in Phoenix on July 20.
The left-hander threw three innings and allowed 10 runs and 11 hits in Friday’s 11-1 loss to the Mets after allowing three hits and no runs in his first matchup against them.
Writer believed that without knowing history, people can have no perspective on on life today.