April 30, 2014 | 10:11 AM
The sentence for a Crandall man who admitted to killing his wife in 2010 was formally handed down Friday morning.
Larry Ray Lowe Sr., 66, entered into a plea agreement four weeks ago, entering a plea of guilty but mentally ill to an amended count of manslaughter, a Class A felony.
Lowe shot and killed his wife, Catherine Lowe, 46, in November 2010 at the couple's home in the 1400 block of S.R. 335. In a recording of an interview between Lowe and Indiana State Police Detective Bill Wibbels made the day of the murder, Lowe said he and his wife had a "bad morning" that started with an argument over a computer problem. Lowe said the couple got up at about 8 a.m. and had "got into it" later because a computer wasn't working. Lowe said he retrieved a .38-Special from a safe, went to the basement where Catherine was sitting at the computer and, from about eight to 10 feet away, shot her twice in the back.
Harrison Superior Judge Roger D. Davis went with the State's recommendation of a 30-year sentence, meaning that, with good-time credit and credit for time already served, Lowe will serve about 11 years.
In a hearing that lasted about 30 minutes, Davis said the case is the only one he can recall in 17 years of being on the bench that someone claiming to be mentally ill was evaluated and the claim was supported by experts.
"It's very unusual," he said. "It's talked about a lot, but it's very rare in fact."
At one point during the hearing and while addressing a friend of Catherine Lowe, it appeared as though Davis lost his composure for a moment. The friend had wanted Larry Lowe Sr. to receive the maximum sentence.
"It's not that (Catherine Lowe's brother Terry McDonald) likes it or wanted this result," Davis said before pausing for several moments. "Considering all circumstances, it's best to proceed this way.
"I think it's fair to say the whole situation is a horrible tragedy," the judge said.
Davis then addressed Larry Lowe's family members, one of whom had asked the court for leniency because it was the first time Lowe had been charged with a crime.
Davis said, in his opinion, that all things considered, terms of the plea agreement were already lenient, before announcing the sentence.