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Shooter in killing of teen given 20 years

Pleaded to lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man charged in the 2018 shooting death of a teen in a drugstore parking lot was sentenced Friday to serve 20 years of a 30-year prison sentence.

Ammar K. Haroun, 23, had been charged with murder in the July 21, 2018, slaying of Carlos Hamilton, whose body was found slumped over the wheel of his 2012 Buick at the Walgreens store at 2410 Coliseum Blvd. Haroun pleaded guilty in September to voluntary manslaughter as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

He was sentenced Friday in Allen Superior Court. The rest of the sentence was suspended.

Hamilton, 19, was shot several times, investigators said, and Haroun was arrested in April after police said they found his DNA inside the car. 

Haroun had faced charges of murder, felony murder – one committed in the act of another felony – and robbery, as well as a sentencing enhancement for using a gun to commit the crime. The other charges were dismissed, and his prison sentence will be followed by four years' probation. 

Voluntary manslaughter is a type of homicide that is not premeditated and is committed in “sudden heat,” such as during a violent dispute.

Haroun tried to rob Hamilton, police said, and each man was shot. Photos on social media show Haroun with a bandaged right hand, investigators said. 

Surveillance cameras from Walgreens and a nearby business captured Hamilton arriving about 9:40 p.m. and parking outside the drugstore, according to court documents.

About 10:15 p.m., a gray, four-door car is seen parking next to Hamilton's car, the documents said. 

A passenger from the gray car enters Hamilton's vehicle, exits a minute later and gets back into the gray car, which speeds away, a probable cause affidavit alleged.

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