14-year sentence in Albion gun, meth case

September 28, 2018

An Albion man was sentenced Thursday in federal court to more than 14 years in prison for running a drug operation and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

Keith Miller, 35, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne to 170 months in prison. He pleaded guilty in November to the gun charge and charges of conspiracy to distribute and possess methamphetamine.

He and two other men sold drugs out of a home in Albion from February 2016 to April 2016, court documents state.

Trial scheduled in Aug. 30 slaying

A Feb. 19 trial date was set Thursday for a Fort Wayne man accused of shooting three people, one fatally, last month.

Travon Fincher, 21, is charged in Allen Superior Court with murder, two counts of aggravated battery and a firearms enhancement in the alleged attack Aug. 30. Court documents say he shot Ricky Pelmear, Rachel Burtz and Jason Sandy at a home in the 800 block of Madison Street. Pelmear died in the shooting.

Ex-BAE employee pleads guilty

Richard Relue Jr. admitted Thursday in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne to stealing from a local defense contractor.

Relue is one of 31 former BAE Systems employees charged with bilking the company out of thousands of dollars through a tuition assistance program.

He stole more than $36,000, according to court documents, and a plea agreement calls for him to pay the money back.

The program allowed upfront payments for requests to take college classes. None took the classes, court documents state.


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