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Plea deal entered in liquor shop shooting

Lewis

– A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty Wednesday to voluntary manslaughter, admitting to shooting 27-year-old Christopher Mhoon inside a Fort Wayne liquor store in June.

Michael S. Lewis, of the 2600 block of Shady Oak Drive, faces a 25-year prison sentence, with an additional five years suspended and to be served on probation.

In exchange for his guilty plea, Allen County prosecutors dropped a more serious charge of murder, as well as their intent to seek a longer prison sentence.

On June 8, Mhoon walked into a Cap n’ Cork liquor store at 5727 S. Anthony Blvd., near East Paulding Road. Just inside the doorway, he immediately got into a fight with Joshua Morris.

Another man, who drove Lewis to the liquor store, went inside and tried to break up the fight. Lewis followed and pushed that man out of the way and shot Mhoon multiple times, according to court documents.

Mhoon’s young son was waiting in a car outside when Mhoon ran toward the door, staggered outside and collapsed in the doorway. The shooting was captured on in-store surveillance video, according to court documents.

After police provided local media with surveillance video from the liquor store in hopes someone would come forward with the identities of the three men involved, several anonymous tips came to police identifying Lewis as the shooter, according to court documents

Lewis will be sentenced next month by Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull, according to court documents.

rgreen@jg.net

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