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Monday, February 10, 2020 10:51 am

Man sentenced to 55 years for stabbing mother

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man who stabbed his mother to death was ordered this morning to spend 55 years in prison. 

Cordell Hughes, 41, stabbed Carmen Hughes nearly two dozen times, a relative said today in Allen Superior Court. He pleaded guilty to murder in December, and Judge David Zent handed down the sentence during a half-hour hearing this morning. 

"This was a horrific crime," Zent said. "The photographs show what a brutal event this was." 

Police found Carmen Hughes, 60, sitting on a chair in her apartment in February 2019. Her carotid artery and jugular vein were cut, Dr. Scott Wagner told investigators. 

A separate wound punctured the former postal worker's left lung, according to court documents. 

Cordell Hughes told police he arrived at his mother's home and found the door unlocked. Detectives said he tried to use Carmen Hughes' debit card Feb. 25, but couldn't because he didn't have her PIN. 

Cordell Hughes did not speak in court today.

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