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Fort Wayne man handed maximum sentence for murder, attempted murder

Fort Wayne man handed maximum sentence for murder, attempted murder of his parents

Posted: Mar 12, 2018 5:15 PM
Updated: Mar 13, 2018 9:51 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind (WFFT) - Back on February 9th, Scott Ruse plead guilty to the murder and attempted murder of his parents and now, nearly a month later, he now knows his fate.


Scott Ruse will effectively spend the rest of his life behind bars after being handed the maximum sentence of 65 years for the murder of his father Gene Ruse and 45 years for the attempted murder of his mother, Sandra Ruse, after he choked his mother and beat his father to death with a hammer.

"We wanted to put him in prison for the rest of his life," said Steve Godfrey, the state's chief counsel in Ruse's case, "and that's exactly what the judge did this afternoon."

Testimony from his cousins today described Scott Ruse as a drug addict, a liar, and a manipulator. Scott said that he was off drugs now and that he wanted to be spared the maximum sentence to continue to stay clean-- something the prosecution believes was a final attempt to catch a break.

"Would you expect anything else from Scott Ruse but to try one last chance to get another break, after break, after break, after break, right? It's almost like he expects to get breaks in his life, doesn't he? Well, his breaks ended today, he's done. He will never get out of prison."

The family recounted the days leading up to the murder's saying Gene and Sandra Ruse finally decided to stop financially supporting their son, and that's what lead to this tragedy.

Godfrey says the Ruses had enough of caring for their son.

"They said, 'We're not giving you any more money. you've got to take care of yourself now.' In essence...he killed them because of that. It's just a tragedy...to beat your father to death and try to kill your mother as well, with a hammer. For what? A wallet and a few bucks? And then to go and take that money and spend it on crack and fill up your car with gas that you stole from your parents?"

Scott Ruse has waived his right to appeal the ruling and will spend over 75 years behind bars without parole

"I hope they can try to move on with their life now that this chapter is close," said Godfrey.

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