Man sentenced in murder of Hayden gun dealer


A 24-year-old Indianapolis man was sentenced Thursday in federal court to 30 years in prison for his role in the 2014 robbery and murder of a Hayden gun dealer.

Darion Dashon Harris received that sentence from U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker at the courthouse in Indianapolis, according to a news release from the Southern District of Indiana. He also will serve three years of supervised release following his release from prison.

The sentence stems from Harris’ role in the robbery and murder of Scott Douglas Maxie, 60, who owned Muscatatuck Outdoors, on Sept. 20, 2014, near Muscatatuck National Wildlife Refuge. Harris along with two other men, Darryl Worthen and Dejuan Worthen, were arrested in Indianapolis two days after the murder.

Darryl Worthen, who shot Maxie with a semiautomatic handgun, was sentenced to 60 years in prison in November 2015, while Dejuan Worthen has filed a petition to enter a plea of guilty, according to the news release. Darryl is serving his time at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute. Darryl is now 29, and Dejuan is 27.

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The incident that led to Maxie’s death began when the three men traveled from Indianapolis to Hayden to see what inventory was inside the store and made plans to rob Maxie.

They returned to Indianapolis before coming back the next day to commit the robbery.

One of the three disconnected a security camera inside the shop. That’s when Darryl Worthen shot Maxie and the three stole 45 firearms before returning to Indianapolis, police said.

Darryl was a contracted employee with FedEx who had delivered to Maxie’s store on other occasions. He made a delivery two days before the incident.

Once home, the three sold and distributed many of the firearms and kept several, according to the release.

"This was a senseless, cold and brutal robbery and murder of a kind, decent and gentle soul," Assistant U.S. Attorney Barry D. Glickman said during the sentencing hearing.

The case was the result of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Indiana State Police, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Jennings County Sheriff’s Department and Jennings County Prosecutor’s Office.

Jennings County Prosecutor Brian Belding said violent crime will not be tolerated in Jennings County and those responsible should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

He also said the federal sentencing guidelines allowed for the maximum sentence under the law.

"My heart goes out to Mr. Maxie’s family, friends and loved ones," he said in the release.

Maxie, who had three children and five grandchildren, graduated from Crothersville and completed a trade school to become an electrician. He retired from Cummins Engine Co. on July 1, 2009.

U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler said he also felt for the family and the sentence sends a clear message that those who commit gun violence will be held accountable.

"This type of violence is something no family or community should have to face," he said. "Judge Barker sent a loud and clear message that gun violence will not be tolerated in the Southern District of Indiana and those committing violent crimes will be held accountable."

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