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Jury recommends life in prison without parole for murder of 55-year-old businessman in 2021.

Rebecca Green

A jury has recommended life in prison after convicting a Fort Wayne man in the death and dismemberment of another man with whom he had sex.

The Allen Superior Court jury reached its verdict Wednesday evening, a few hours after convicting 22-year-old Mathew Cramer II guilty of murder, abuse of a corpse and resisting law enforcement Wednesday in the slaying of 55-year-old businessman Shane Van Nguyen on April 23, 2021.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 28. Investigators said Cramer slammed Nguyen’s head to the ground, killing him. Cramer and his accomplices dismembered Nguyen’s body in a storage unit and then put it into the back of Nguyen’s own van.

Also charged in connection to the case are Jacob D. Carreon-Hamilton and Cody Clements.

Carreon-Hamilton, of Elkhart, pleaded guilty in Allen Superior Court and will be sentenced next week on charges of assisting a criminal in a murder, abuse of a corpse, and resisting law enforcement.

Clements is scheduled to plead guilty to related charges on Nov. 14 in Elkhart Superior Court.

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Rebecca manages the news at WBOI. She joined the staff in December 2017, and brought with her nearly two decades of experience in print journalism, including 15 years as an award-winning reporter for the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne.