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Man guilty of murder over purse

December 14, 2018

Michael J. Johnson, the Fort Wayne man accused of killing two people in Ligonier for a $10,000 Prada handbag, was convicted Thursday of murder in Noble County.

Johnson, 36, was found guilty of two counts of murder, two counts of felony murder, one count of attempted murder and being a habitual offender. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 11.

His two accomplices were also charged in the March 5 shooting deaths of Amanda Feldstein, 39, and Justin Adams, 30.

Tiffani Cox, 31, plead guilty in September to aiding attempted robbery. She was sentenced to 14 years with eight years executed, Noble County Prosecutor Eric Blackman said. Kyra Frost, 25, is awaiting trial.

The case was solved quickly because a third person, Amberly Brown, was shot at but not injured. She called 911 after the three left and gave police crucial information that led to their arrests, Blackman said.

Johnson told police he went to Feldstein’s Ligonier apartment under the pretext of selling methamphetamine.

Noble County residents had a hard time believing it’s true that someone was killed over a high-priced handbag, “but it really was,” Blackman said. Nine more designer purses were found in Johnson’s car, he added, “but this Prada one was special.”

jduffy@jg.net

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