2nd man sentenced to more than 50 years for double homicide

The booking photo of Jacob Guffey is shown. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)
The booking photo of Jacob Guffey is shown. (Photo Provided/Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office)

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — The second man involved in an August 2015 double homicide on Perrine Street was sentenced Thursday to more than 50 years behind bars.

Jacob Guffey, 20, was sentenced to 57 ½ years in the Department of Corrections by a Tippecanoe County judge. He is also ordered to pay restitution to the two victims’ families.

More than 10 people testified in behalf of Guffey Thursday. His attorney said in the 20 years of being in law, he has never seen that kind of support for someone who pleaded guilty of murder.

In court, Guffey admitted to pulling the trigger that shot and killed both victims — 36-year-old Aaron Hunter Jr. and 46-year-old Terry Smith Jr.

Guffey’s accomplice, 34-year-old Matthew Oertel, was sentenced to 55 years on Sept. 23 for his role in the crime.

News 18’s Kayla Sullivan was in the courtroom and will have the full story on the proceedings, including hearing from one of the victim’s families, coming up later online and on News 18 at Five and Six.