Man sentenced for killing Terre Haute woman

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to prison for killing his then-girlfriend’s grandmother during an attack insider her home near Terre Haute.

The Vigo County judge told 32-year-old Matthew Cook he committed a cowardly and heinous act in killing 65-year-old Shirley Moyer. Authorities say Moyer was found dead last October in her home at a trailer park south of Terre Haute, a few doors away from where Cook was living with Moyer’s sister and granddaughter.

The Tribune-Star reports family members told the judge Tuesday that Moyer was known for helping her neighbors and performing in community theater.

Cook was sentenced to 45 years in prison on a murder charge for Moyer’s death, plus 10 years for a separate burglary last year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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