Scott Ruse, accused of killing father and beating mother to get money for drugs, pleads guilty in Allen Superior Court

Scott Ruse (Photo courtesy of the Allen County Sheriff's Department)

A man who was scheduled to stand trial in June on murder and attempted murder charges for allegedly beating his parents with a hammer decided to plead guilty Friday to one count of murder and one count of attempted murder in Allen Superior Court.

Scott L. Ruse, 51, of the 400 block of Fifth Street, signed a plea agreement that advises a sentence of 55 years on the murder count and 30 years on the attempted murder count, to be served one after the other for a possible combined total of 85 years. However, the agreement gives the judge discretion. Sentencing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. March 12.

Ruse told Allen Superior Judge John F. Surbeck that he was guilty in the death of his father, Gene Ruse, 75, and the beating of his mother, Sandra Ruse, 71, on July 5 by hitting them both in the head with a hammer at the couple’s home. Scott Ruse was accused of attacking his parents to get money for crack cocaine, according to court documents.

“Stuff happened in my past with molestation,” Ruse told Surbeck. “It just happened. I got upset.”

Surbeck clarified with Ruse that, according to the plea agreement, Ruse said he went to his parents’ home with the intention of killing them.

Ruse said in the hearing that he had attempted suicide about 30 years ago and had undergone inpatient and outpatient treatment for mental illness and/or drug treatment over the years, but that was not affecting his decision to plead guilty.

He had been scheduled to stand trial June 12-14 on charges that also included two counts of robbery resulting in serious bodily injury for allegedly taking the wallet out of his wounded father’s pants and leaving his parents’ home in their vehicle, which was found by police by using OnStar global positioning services.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, the robbery charges and another felony murder count will be dropped, and Ruse cannot have contact with his mother. The agreement also could affect an unrelated case for which Ruse was serving probation at the time of the attack.

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