Travis Funke

Travis Funke pleads guilty, receives 35 years in killing of young Indiana mother

A judge accepted a guilty plea from a Kokomo man accused of killing a young Indiana mother.

Travis Funke, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter stemming from the July 2011 killing of his girlfriend Kelly Armstrong. The body has not been found.

According to the probable cause affidavit Funke told authorities that Armstrong attacked him with a hammer during a fight and that Funke took the hammer and beat her to death.

The plea agreement provides that Funke will serve 35 years in prison with 15 years of probation. In exchange, Funke will be required to tell investigators where Armstrong’s body is.

Funke initially told investigators that he put Armstrong’s body in a trash bin that was picked up shortly thereafter. Police searched the landfill for six days but did not locate the body.

Armstrong’s family vocally opposed the plea agreement, arguing that it should only be accepted if information provided by Funke leads to the discovery of Armstrong’s body.

An initial plea agreement offered last year was withdrawn after Armstrong’s family balked at a provision requiring prosecutors to recommend that Funke’s family receive custody of the couple’s two-year-old child.

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

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