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Wednesday, September 11, 2019 1:00 am

200 years in Thanksgiving attacks

Killer of 3 grouses about jail

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Friends and family of loved ones shot to death on Thanksgiving poured their hearts out. 

They said their families have been destroyed. A loving father was ripped away from a young son in a wanton act of violence, one person said. 

“You took an angel away,” said Nicole Andrews, the mother of Tracey A. Andrews, 21.

But the killer was silent. 

He nodded once or twice as they spoke, but said nothing during a sentencing hearing Tuesday in Allen Superior Court until a judge asked if he had anything to say. 

He did. Kameron Joyner, 23, handcuffed and shackled and dressed in a jail-issued orange jumpsuit, talked about his clothes and complained he's allowed to shower only three times each week. 

He said the Allen County Jail – his home since the murders of Andrews; Colton Messmer, 20; and Joevonn Johnson, 23 – allows him access only to an online version of the Bible. 

Judge Fran Gull then sentenced Joyner to 200 years behind bars. 

He killed Andrews, Messmer and Johnson inside a home on Downingtown Drive and tried to kill Teryle King and Kyle Wagner, who was shot in the face. Police said Joyner told them he went to the home to settle a score with Messmer, who a witness said was selling marijuana there. 

Joyner pleaded guilty in August to three counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder, as part of a plea agreement. The agreement called for a 150-year sentence on the murder charges and 50 years on the attempted murder counts. 

That is what he received, and a felony criminal recklessness charge was dismissed. 

“I'll never see her reach her goals,” Andrews said of her daughter, a South Side graduate who loved shopping, swimming and high school athletics. 

After the hearing, Wagner, 28, described the past few months as like having been to war. He said he met Messmer – who left behind a son, Ezra, according to an obituary – in 2013 or 2014 and described him as “like a brother.” 

“I lived at his house,” Wagner said.

“He fed me.”

A witness inside the home told police Joyner was the shooter, but Gerald Pinkston, 22, also is charged with three counts of murder and criminal recklessness. Pinkston was with Joyner on Nov. 22, according to court documents. 

A jury trial in that case is scheduled Dec. 3. 

mleblanc@jg.net