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James Hughes biography: 10 things about Zionsville, Indiana man

James Earl Hughes (©Boone County Sheriff's Office)
James Earl Hughes (©Boone County Sheriff’s Office)

James Earl Hughes is a white man from Indiana, United States. Here are 10 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Zionsville, Boone County, Indiana. (a)
  2. He is William Hughes’s son. (a)
  3. He went to Lowell High School. (b)
  4. In 2018, his fellow Zionsville resident David Meschino allegedly purchased a Charter Arms .357 revolver for him. On April 29, 2019, Meschino was arrested and charged with providing a firearm to an ineligible person. (a)(c)
  5. On March 11, 2019, he started working for Zionsville Meadows as a floor technician. (b)
  6. On April 28, 2019, he fired a Charter Arms .357 revolver and fatally shot his fellow Zionsville resident Samuel T. Bennett, 23, near Zionsville Town Hall and the Big Four Rail Trail in Zionsville. Hours after the shooting, he checked himself into the St. Vincent Indianapolis Stress Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. (a)(b)
  7. He was 23 years old when he fatally shot Bennett on April 28, 2019. (a)(b)
  8. On May 8, 2019, Zionsville Police Department officers arrested him in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was charged with murder in connection with the killing of Bennett. (a)
  9. On August 26, 2021, he signed a plea deal designating him as guilty but mentally ill to a murder charge. The plea agreement called for a 50-year sentence with supervised probation for two years after prison. (b)
  10. On September 28, 2021, he will be sentenced before Boone Superior Court I Judge Matthew Kincaid. (b)


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