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April Tinsley’s family gathers outside courthouse on the eve of her killers sentencing date

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC)-  John D. Miller, the man who admitted to abducting, raping, and killing 8-year-old April Tinsley, is set to be in court Friday.

April’s family decorated her garden for Christmas before they headed to the Court House for a memorial service.

In July, Miller was arrested and charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of April.

Then, just a few weeks ago, Miller pleaded guilty to murder and child molestation.

In court he read a statement where he admitted to the crimes and said he strangled April with his hands.

Miller’s plea agreement calls for him to serve 50 years for April’s murder, and 30 years consecutively for child molesting.

April’s family is not happy with the plea agreement, and said they wanted the death penalty.

Today, Fort Wayne’s NBC spoke with April’s family and they said they still feel that April didn’t get justice, even though Miller could spend the rest of his life in jail.

April’s family said they are trying to be prepared for tomorrow, but say every time Miller walks into the court room they get chills.

Miller is set to be in court tomorrow at 10 am.

Fort Wayne’s NBC will continue to follow the story.

Kaitlyn Kendall

Kaitlyn Kendall anchors ABC21 news at 5 and is the chief investigative reporter for the stations Digging Deeper team.

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