A Greensburg, Indiana, man has reportedly admitted to killing his girlfriend after she rejected his marriage proposal.
On Oct. 25, 43-year-old Jason Eaton walked into the Greensburg Police Department with a woman and told an officer he had killed his girlfriend, Wendy Sabatini, according to court documents obtained by WXIN.
When officers went to her home, Sabatini’s son -- who had just returned home from an internship and was not aware she had been killed, but thought she was at work -- let the police inside.
Authorities found Sabatini’s body in the bedroom, along with a firearm officers collected as evidence. She died of an apparent gunshot wound to her head.
While detained at the station, Eaton told officers he entered the bedroom with an engagement ring to ask Sabatini to marry him. Before he could ask, she declined.
He then took a gun from the nightstand and shot Sabatini in the head from behind.
Eaton then left the residence and went to the home of the woman who accompanied him to the police station, telling her that he “messed up” and thought he had killed Sabatini.
Eaton is charged with murder, as well as a firearm sentencing enhancement, which could add five to 20 additional years to his prison sentence if convicted, the Greensburg Daily News reports.
Those who knew Sabatini have shared their heartbreak over her death on Facebook.
"A truly incredible woman," one friend wrote on Sabatini’s Facebook page.
"RIP Beautiful Angel" another posted, and a third described her as “a wonderful lady, mother and person.”
A niece of Sabatini has started a GoFundMe account called, “Awareness of domestic violence,” to help her two children.
“She is flying high in the sky looking over us,” Taylor Maddison Rasmus wrote on the fundraisers' page. "I want to raise as much money as I can to help her daughter and son out. Wendy's daughter is a single mother having a hard enough time trying to raise her daughter let alone losing her mother on top of it. Wendy's son is about to graduate high school and go to college I want to help him out with college, food, and gas money."
To date, more than $3,000 of the $10,000 goal has been raised.
Under Indiana law, Circuit Court Judge Tim Day said the maximum sentence Eaton could face is 65 years in prison. He would only be eligible for parole after 75 percent of the sentence is completed with good behavior.
Eaton has pled not guilty, and he is being held without bond.