A Boone County man who admitted he killed his ex-wife in front of the couple’s son will spend up to 43 years behind
bars. Michael Stayer accepted a plea deal, admitting to voluntary manslaughter for the June 2009 killing of his ex-wife Beth
Stayer. The Stayer's 5-year-old son witnessed part of the murder. Judge Steve David on Wednesday called Stayer “a
man without remorse” and “a coward.” The relatively light sentence could prompt stronger penalties for those
who commit crimes in front of their children. The Indiana Senate is now looking at legislation that would impose tougher sentences
for those offenders.