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Saturday, November 09, 2019 1:00 am

Man pleads to battery in shooting near park

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man accused of trying to kill a 19-year-old man near a park on the city's south side has pleaded guilty.

Keshon Rogan, 20, had been charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and criminal recklessness in the March 4 shooting of Trevon Giddens, 19, near the Weisser Park Recreation Center basketball courts. He pleaded guilty Friday to the aggravated battery charge.

A plea agreement calls for him to spend up to nine years in prison. A sentencing hearing is scheduled Dec. 5.

Rogan, who was 19 at the time, told police he shot at Giddens after an argument over a marijuana deal that took place on Weisser Park Avenue and Eckart Street. Rogan was attacked by Giddens, he told police, according to court documents.

Rogan admitted pulling out a 9 mm handgun and firing it after being knocked to the ground, a probable cause affidavit alleges. He then chased Giddens, firing the gun, the documents said. 

Giddens fell near the basketball courts.

“Please don't kill me,” Giddens pleaded, according to the affidavit. 

Rogan reportedly told investigators he fired the last shot so Giddens couldn't retaliate.

mleblanc@jg.net