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90-year sentence in American Legion slaying

Eric J. Smith
Jabron Q. Totton

A judge Friday sentenced a 36-year-old Fort Wayne man to 90 years in prison for shooting another man outside an American Legion post in June.

Eric J. Smith, also known as Adam Prosser, was convicted in October of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, and also was found to have used a firearm to commit he crime.

Smith was charged in July in connection with the June 9 shooting death of Jabron Q. Totton, 37, outside the American Legion Post 148 at South Hanna and East Lewis streets.

The shooting stemmed from an argument between the two men, which happened as the post's bar was closing, according to court documents.

That early morning, Smith approached Totton in the parking lot and asked whether he was talking about him. Totton told him, "I love everybody like a brother," to which Smith replied, "You're not my brother," according to court documents.

The men began arguing, and Smith pushed Totton. Totton pushed Smith back, and Smith then shot Totton, court documents said.

Smith received 65 years for the murder conviction, 20 years for the unlawful possession of a firearm count, and an additional five years for using a firearm to commit the crime. All sentences were ordered served consecutively for a total of 90 years.

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