Messel sentenced in the death of Hannah Wilson

Daniel Messel was sentenced Thursday afternoon in a Brown County court to 80 years in prison for murdering IU student, Hannah Wilson.

WRTV Channel 6 is reporting that Messel was found guilty after Wilson’s body was found hours after she was reported missing, in the wooded area of Plum Creek in 2015. His cellphone was laying nearby and investigators found her blood, hair and DNA in Messel’s SUV.

The Brown County coroner confirmed Wilson died due to blunt force trauma to the head. They said she was struck three or four times in the back of head with an unknown object.

During Messel’s sentencing, the judge took into account his prior convictions and said he showed a pattern of criminal conduct and violence, said the report. He plans to appeal the sentence.