A SUSPECT has been convicted in the gruesome murder of a 55-year-old man whose dismembered remains were found in the back of his van last year.
A jury in Fort Wayne, Indiana found 22-year-old Mathew Cramer II guilty of murder, manipulating a corpse and resisting arrest in the April 2021 killing of Shane Nguyen.
Nguyen, 55, was last seen alive on April 23, 2021 – police discovered his dismembered remains two days later in a garbage bag in his crashed van behind a home in Fort Wayne.
According to court documents, officers spotted Nguyen’s van and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver fled.
Police chased it until the driver got out and ran – the passenger then jumped into the driver’s seat and sped away, leading to a high-speed chase as the other suspect fled on foot.
The van was later found crashing through a fence of a house, where they discovered the remains of Nguyens and a receipt from a Lowes store.
The suspects bought tarps, a hacksaw, hacksaw blades, a plastic tub and two shovels.
Investigators reviewed security footage from the stores and identified Cramer, Jacob D. Carreon-Hamilton, 20, and Cody Clements, 20, who purchased the items in question.
The trio were arrested the following day in connection with Nguyen’s death.
Investigators said Carmer asked Nguyen for a ride and he allegedly planned to kill him before they reached Fort Wayne.
When they arrived in Fort Wayne, Carmer demanded that Nguyen drive him to his storage unit, where he allegedly put the 55-year-old in a chokehold until he was unconscious.
The suspect then removed Nguyen from the vehicle and banged his head on the ground, killing him.
They say Cramer and Carreon-Hamilton then dismembered the 55-year-old at the storage unit before placing his remains in a garbage bag.
Police charged Cramer with murder and molesting a corpse, while Carreon-Hamilton was charged with assisting a criminal and molesting a corpse.
Clements was arrested but no charges were ever filed.
Carreon-Hamilton pleaded guilty to all charges in July and is due to be sentenced today.
Meanwhile, the jury recommended Cramer serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole.
Cramer is expected to be sentenced on November 28.
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