Josiah Christopher Thomas was sentenced to 45 years in prison Friday for the murder of Gerelle Ramone Borum.
Borum, 22, was walking down a sidewalk off Rudisill Boulevard near where Taylor University-Fort Wayne used to be on March 19 when Thomas, now 23, drove by in a pick-up truck. According to court documents, Thomas slowed down to make sure it was Borum, then shot him with a .32-caliber handgun loaded with hollow-point bullets, leaving him bleeding on the sidewalk surrounded by spent shell casings.
Thomas was arrested about a mile away a short time later and confessed to the murder, documents showed.
Under a plea agreement reached Aug. 2 and accepted by Superior Court Judge Fran Gull Friday, Thomas was sentenced to 55 years for murder, with 10 years of the sentence suspended. A charge of carrying a handgun without a license was dropped.
For more on this story see Saturday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or return to www.journalgazette.net after 3 a.m. Saturday.