FORT WAYNE, Ind. (TCD) -- A 22-year-old man was convicted of killing and dismembering a man with whom he had a sexual relationship in 2021.
According to WANE-TV, a jury found Mathew Cramer guilty of murder, abuse of a corpse, and resisting law enforcement for the death of 55-year-old Shane Nguyen. The jury reportedly recommended life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Cramer will be sentenced Nov. 28.
Cramer’s accomplice in the killing, Jacob Carreon-Hamilton, was sentenced to five years in prison assisting in Nguyen’s dismemberment, WANE reports.
Nguyen was reported missing April 24, 2021, to the Fort Wayne Police Department. He had reportedly been seen the day prior leaving the Allen County Memorial Coliseum and driving a black Honda Odyssey minivan.
According to court documents cited by WANE, a Fort Wayne Police officer saw a "suspicious" vehicle behind a building and learned it was registered to Nguyen. The officer tried to conduct a traffic stop, but the Honda Odyssey sped away. The court document said the driver reportedly jumped out of the van and the person in the passenger seat moved to the driver’s side.
When police went to the car, they reportedly discovered Nguyen’s dismembered body in trash bags. An autopsy determined he died from blunt force trauma to the head.
Inside the car, police also reportedly found receipts for instruments including a hacksaw, two shovels, tarps, and more.
Investigators eventually learned Nguyen was dismembered in a storage unit where Cramer lived, according to WANE. Carreon-Hamilton reportedly recorded a video of Cramer cutting Nguyen’s body with a machete they bought at Walmart.
Nguyen reportedly offered Cramer a ride a few weeks before he was killed and asked Cramer to perform sexual acts on him. On April 23, Nguyen allegedly told Cramer he wanted Cramer’s underage niece and nephew to join them for sex next time. Cramer reportedly choked Nguyen and "exploded on him."
According to WANE, Cramer was born without Chromosome 15, which reportedly correlates with behavior, and has a "low average" IQ of 81.