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Friday, May 04, 2018 1:00 am

Shooter going back to prison for 8 years

Violated probation, beat woman, found with drugs

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man who spent time behind bars for a shooting in 2014 is headed back to prison.

Corey T. Tate, 21, was ordered Thursday by Allen Superior Court Judge Wendy Davis to spend eight years in prison for violating his probation in that case and for beating a woman in front of her 4-year-old son last year.

Tate pleaded guilty and was sentenced to four years in prison in 2015 for the Sept. 11, 2014, shooting of Keymarcus Williams. He was first charged with attempted murder but pleaded to the lesser charge as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

Court documents say Tate shot Williams at least five times in the parking lot of Chapel Oaks Apartments. Police said the shooting was the result of a beef between the men from two years earlier.

Tate was on probation late last year when he was arrested on charges of striking and kicking a woman at East Central Towers while the boy watched. The attack was captured on surveillance video, according to a probable cause affidavit.

He had cocaine on him when he was arrested in December, police said.

Tate pleaded guilty Thursday to domestic battery committed in the presence of a child and possession of cocaine. A second felony domestic battery charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement.

Davis sentenced him to six years in prison for the probation violation, 11/2 years on the drug charge and 183 days on the domestic battery charge. The sentences will be served back-to-back, for a total of eight years.

Williams was lured into a Jeep with Tate and a man not identified in court documents, according to the affidavit from 2014. As the men drove, Tate brought up the earlier argument.

When they arrived at the apartment complex, Tate put on gloves, said, “I gotta do this,” and shot several times at Williams, court documents say. Williams was shot in the buttocks, left leg, left arm, lower abdomen and on the left side of his torso, the documents say.

Molester gets 40-year sentence

A man accused of molesting a 6-year-old girl pleaded guilty in March and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Robert D. Rice, 56, was charged in June with four counts of child molesting. He pleaded guilty to one count and three others were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck sentenced him to 40 years in prison March 26, court records show.

A guest in the girl's home, Rice was found in bed with the girl by her mother, court documents say. The girl told investigators he performed sex acts on her. 

mleblanc@jg.net