GOSHEN — An Elkhart man accused of killing two at Saleh’s Market in Elkhart on Sept. 5, 2013, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to two counts of felony murder.
Kevin Moore, 29, appeared in Elkhart’s Circuit Court on Thursday, Jan. 23, to present his guilty plea. He faces up to 130 years in prison for both counts.
As part of the plea deal, the sentence imposed will be up to the court’s discretion.
Moore admitted he suffered from multiple mental illnesses, including post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
The court made it clear that Moore is competent to stand trial, but that at the time he committed the offense he had “an impaired ability to function.”
Moore was arrested Sept. 5, accused of killing Jagtar Bhatti, 55, the owner of the convenience store, and Pawan Singh, 20, an employee, that morning. Moore admitted he was attempting to commit robbery when he killed the two men.
Moore will undergo a mental health evaluation before he is taken to the Indiana Department of Correction.
His sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 19.