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Man awaiting trial given sentence in prior attack

April 10, 2019

A Fort Wayne man charged with trying to kill two men in September was sentenced Tuesday to a year in prison in a separate case.

Gabriel Hicks, 30, attacked his wife Dec. 22. He grabbed her by the throat, choked her and punched her at least 20 times, according to court documents.

He pleaded guilty in March to domestic battery and strangulation and was sentenced in Allen Superior Court. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss a second battery charge and a habitual offender designation.

Police said they arrived at the couple’s home to find the woman with a black eye, swollen lip, marks on her neck, a bloody ear and a swollen face. Hicks and his wife had argued over a past relationship while returning from a bar, the woman told investigators.

The woman filed for divorce March 20, court records said.

Hicks is charged with two counts of attempted murder in the Sept. 21 shootings of brothers Frank and Mike Paige at Link’s Wonderland on Creighton Avenue. He was awaiting trial in that case when he was arrested in December.

Hicks was in a long-running dispute with the Paiges and had dated their sister, a probable cause affidavit alleges.

Attempted murder carries a penalty of up to 40 years in prison, and a three-day trial is scheduled July 23.

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