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Defendant gets 117 years in stepbrother’s slaying

MATTHEW LeBLANC | The Journal GazetteMay 20, 2019

A Fort Wayne man who killed his stepbrother outside a motel last year was ordered today to spend more than a century behind bars.

Joshua Mackin, 35, was sentenced to 117 years in prison for shooting Samuel Westlake, 37, to death on Feb. 19, 2018. The two men had fought about a woman, according to court documents.

Mackin shot Westlake several times in the parking lot of the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel on Coliseum Boulevard West. A jury convicted him last month of murder, being a serious violent felon in possession of a handgun and sentencing enhancements for using a gun to commit the crime and being a habitual offender.

In court this morning, Mackin maintained his innocence and said he only is guilty of “being in the wrong place at the wrong time.” He blamed another man for the slaying at trial.



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