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65 years for rape, murder of teen in ’89

– An Indianapolis man who admitted to killing and raping a teenager 24 years ago has been sentenced to 65 years in prison.

Forty-year-old Rodney Denk signed a plea agreement May 30 admitting he killed 16-year-old Amy Weidner in exchange for the 65-year sentence.

Denk was arrested 11 months ago after a palm print taken from a 1997 arrest was found to match the one found at Weidner’s home. She had been beaten, sexually assaulted and strangled inside her Indianapolis home.

Prosecutors say Denk was a friend of Weidner’s family at the time.

The unsolved case was reopened last year.