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An Indiana Man Believed a Neighbor Was ‘Hacking Into His Network.’ So He Grabbed a Shotgun and Killed Him.

Indiana Man Killed Neighbor He Thought Was 'Hacking Into His Network'
Source: MEGA; Delaware County Sheriff's Office

A fight over electrical issues ended with Alley fatally shooting his neighbor.

Oct. 21 2023, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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An Indiana man was sentenced to 70 years in prison for “brutally executing” a neighbor, who he believed was “hacking into his network” last year, authorities said.

On Aug. 23, 2022, deputies from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office responding to the report of a shooting at a residence found Gary Copley dead and lying against the house. He had been shot multiple times and a shotgun shell was found at the scene, as Front Page Detectives previously reported.

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A witness told investigators he saw Cy Alley shoot the victim and drive back to his home.

Police arrested Alley and found a shotgun shell in his pocket that was similar to the one at the scene, according to court records.

Alley told police he was having trouble with electricity at his house, and he assumed Copley was “hacking into his network.” Alley told police he confronted the victim and shot him four times, according to court records.

“Cy was not remorseful for his actions,” police wrote in an affidavit.

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On Oct. 16, a judge sentenced Alley to 60 years in prison for the murder of Copley, according to the Delaware County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. He was given an additional 10 years for use of a firearm during the commission of the murder.

Alley was found guilty of the charges on Sept. 15, after a jury deliberated for about 20 minutes.

During his sentencing, the Attorney’s Office said the court “noted the sheer brutality of Alley’s acts” and it was “much like a predator chasing his prey.”


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