Teen shooter sentenced, ‘didn’t mean to cause too much trouble’

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A Fort Wayne teenager was sentenced Wednesday in Allen Superior Court for opening fire on a man who was found in a church parking lot in March.

Mug shot of Deonte Marquise Young courtesy the Allen County Sheriff's Department.
Mug shot of Deonte Marquise Young courtesy the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

Deonte M. Young, 18, was sentenced to two years in prison and four years on probation, in line with a plea deal with prosecutors that found him guilty of a single count of battery by means of a deadly weapon.

Police were called to the lot of the Trier Ridge Church, in the 7500 block of Hessen Cassel Road, just before 3 a.m. March 27 and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the knee. He was hospitalized in serious condition.

Police at the time said the victim had run to the parking lot after being shot and collapsed there.

In court Wednesday, Young apologized, saying, “I didn’t mean to cause too much trouble.”

Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck apparently took issue with that, responding, “You didn’t mean to cause too much trouble?” before laying out the crime, Young’s associations with others who break the law and his previous criminal record to explain that Young’s end game was essentially to cause trouble.

Young was also associated with another shooting days earlier, March 24, in which police said he gave a gun to a 17-year-old to shoot Charley Allen Jr. in the 2900 block of Bowser Avenue. Police believe that after that shooting, Young got the gun back from the juvenile, and used it to shoot his own victim in the knee.

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