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Rush County man agrees to plea deal for murdering teenager Valerie Tindall

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Posted at 7:35 AM, Feb 13, 2024
and last updated 2024-03-11 13:31:06-04

RUSHVILLE — The man charged with murder in connection to the death of 17-year-old Valerie Tindall has agreed to a plea deal.

Patrick Scott, 59, agreed to a plea deal in January that will place him in prison for 57 years. He will also have to make restitution to the Tindall family in the amount of $10,000.

Scott, a neighbor and boss of Tindall's, told police he strangled Tindall with a belt because she was "going to blackmail" him.

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Tindall was first reported missing in June. At this time, a Silver Alert was issued statewide.

She was found buried on Scott's property in November 2023.

Scott was sentenced on March 11.