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Thursday, July 25, 2019 12:10 pm

Dansby gets 300 years

Matthew LeBlanc | The Journal Gazette

Marcus Dansby, who admitted to the grisly slayings of four people, including his unborn child, in 2016, was sentenced today to 300 years in prison.

Dansby, 23, pleaded guilty but mentally ill to killing Consuela Arrington, 37, Traeven Harris, 18, Dajahiona Arrington, 18, and the near-term fetus she was carrying. The slayings happened on Sept. 11, 2016, at 3006 Holton Ave.

In court this morning, a Fort Wayne police detective was heard on a recording calling the scene "a house of horrors."

Sgt. Michael Bell of the Fort Wayne Police Department was among the first on the scene around 4 a.m. that day and described gruesome injuries to the victims. He described blood-stained walls and a handrail leading to the upstairs of the home.

Bell, who patrols the city's southeast side, said he still has trouble driving past the home.

"I don't like to think about it," he said. "It definitely does affect me every time I drive down that street. I try not to think about it -- otherwise, it's so invasive and overwhelming."

Witnesses for defense attorneys Michelle Kraus and Robert Gevers testified Dansby was a caring, dedicated friend and family member.

A friend said Dansby cared for his brother after the brother was shot.

Dansby faced a minimum sentence of 205 years and up to 320 years in prison.

mleblanc@jg.net