George Kearney

St. Joseph Co. Jail

UPDATE:

Today the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's office released the following information on the sentencing of Barbara Brewster for murder:

St. Joseph County –Today Barbara Brewster, 56, appeared before a St. Joseph CountySuperior Court Judge and was sentenced to 60 years in the Indiana Department ofCorrection for Murder. Specifically, she was sentenced for the June 1988 Murder ofpregnant Miriam Rice.She was sentenced today after a jury found her guilty of Murder on June 12, 2019.The statutory sentencing range for Murder at the time the crime was committed was 40 to60 years.George Kearney, 78, was also charged in connection with Miriam Rice’s death, and pledguilty on March 11, 2019, to Murder, without the benefit of a plea agreement. He passedaway in the custody of the St. Joseph County Jail on March 24, 2019, before he could besentenced or a judgement of conviction entered. However, on March 27, 2019, the Courtper statute entered a judgment of conviction against George Kearney for Murder, but notedthat his death made sentencing moot and declined to enter any sentence for that conviction.

UPDATE: SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A judge has convicted a man who died in jail after pleading guilty to murder in the 1988 beating death of a pregnant South Bend woman.

St. Joseph Superior Court Judge John Marnocha on Wednesday accepted the plea that 78-year-old George Kearney entered on March 11.

Kearney was scheduled to be sentenced Friday, but he died Sunday in jail. Prosecutors say Kearney had been terminally ill and that his health had deteriorated over the past week.

Kearney admitted killing 28-year-old Miriam Rice, who was abducted June 24, 1988, while walking her dog in a park. Her body was found about a week later obscured by foliage.

Kearney's former girlfriend, 56-year-old Barbara Brewster also was charged with murder and is due to stand trial in June.