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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, February 03, 2018 1:00 am

Defendant request for travel is denied

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne woman charged with neglect in her son's death last year asked a judge for permission to travel out of state for a visit with a family friend. 

Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull said no Friday.

Amber Garrett, 26, is charged with two counts of neglect of a dependent. Her boyfriend, Mitchell Vanryn, is charged with murder in the beating death of 2-year-old Malakai Garrett. 

Garrett filed paperwork Thursday asking to travel to Kentucky to visit the friend. Gull denied the request Friday, saying Garrett has a history of not showing up to court on traffic charges. 

Drug conspirator gets 10 years

A Fort Wayne man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison Friday for distributing heroin and marijuana.

Samuel J. Gemple, 49, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. Chief Judge Theresa Springmann sentenced him Friday in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne to 120 months in prison and eight years of supervised release. 

A news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch says Gemple delivered marijuana shipments for the conspiracy and that he was obtaining heroin and distributing it to his customers.

June date set for molesting trial

A June 5 trial date was set for a Fort Wayne man accused of beating a toddler, molesting the girl and firing a handgun inside a home in November.

Trumarkus C. Alexander, 28, is charged with child molesting, battery resulting in serious bodily injury, neglect resulting in serious bodily injury, unlawful possession of a firearm, criminal recklessness and a misdemeanor charge of resisting law enforcement. 

Court documents say Alexander was baby-sitting a girl who had a black eye and injuries to other parts of her body. He allegedly fired a shot inside a home after running from police, who were trying to serve a search warrant.