Butch Nine's family and police are collecting signatures on a petition to deny inmate's request.
NAPPANEE -- A man in prison for the murder of Nappanee Police Sgt. Brant "Butch" Nine has requested clemency from the Indiana Department of Correction.
But Nine's family and the Nappanee Police Department are sponsoring a petition to deny clemency for Michael R. Steele, who pleaded guilty of murdering Sgt. Nine and of the attempted murder of Patrolman Phillip Hochstetler in 1988. Steele was sentenced to 110 years in 1989.
Anyone who wants to sign the petition can do so at the Nappanee Police Department, 301 W. Lincoln St.
Nine was killed shortly after 5 p.m. on Nov. 3, 1988, at Newcomer & Son Jewelers, 107 S. Main St., Nappanee. Nine and Hochstetler answered a call about Steele, who was trying to pick up an item he'd paid for with a bad check.
There was a struggle, and Steele fired the fatal shot that struck Nine. Steele then fired at Hochstetler and Hochstetler fired back, wounding Steele.
Hochstetler later went from the Nappanee Police Department to the Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department. He was killed in 1994 while responding to a call about a domestic dispute.
Three public hearings are scheduled to hear from victims, witnesses, family members and others who are interested.
Indiana Government Center South
302 W. Washington St.
Conference Room 4
Indiana State Prison
One Park Row
Wabash Valley Correctional Center
6908 Old U.S. Highway 41
To speak at any of the hearings, schedule an appointment by March 26 by calling (317) 232-5737.
You also can submit your thoughts in writing to:
Indiana State Parole Board, Indiana Government Center South, 302 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204-2738.