VERSAILLES – Daniel Hodge, 17, who was involved in the Dec. 30, 2012, murder of Nancy Hershman, 68, Milan, pleaded guilty to burglary of a dwelling resulting in serious bodily injury, a Class A felony, in Ripley Circuit Court June 27.
Prosecuting attorney Ric Hertel questioned the former South Ripley High School student, who was one day shy of his 16th birthday when the murder occurred. At that time, he was living with his aunt and uncle in Ohio.
He knew Sean Nichols, 15 at the time, who also pled guilty to the same felony Jan. 28, and lived next door to Allison Moore, 22 at the time, who allegedly was also involved in Hershman’s murder.
On the night of Dec. 29, 2012, Hodge said he was smoking marijuana in Moore’s car. She, Nichols and two others were in the vehicle, and they decided as a group to go to Ryan Jackson’s house, Cross Plains. “We planned on stealing marijuana,” Hodge admitted.
The teen announced that he was wearing a ski mask, and Nichols had a bandana and a hat on when they entered that residence. Nichols was carrying a gun. Jackson “gave us roughly $200” and about 2 ounces of marijuana. “Allison got all the money, and Sean and I got the marijuana.”
Then Hodge stressed that he and Nichols wanted to go home. However, Moore was not ready to leave. They stopped at another house, but didn’t go inside. They went into a pickup “to see if there was any money.”
Since Hodge had lived in the county, he directed the group to the homes. They then went to Hershman’s residence, where he knew someone who had previously lived there. They hoped “to find anything we could sell or money .... Allison needed the money for a bus ticket to go to Georgia to see her sister,” he revealed.