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Fort Wayne man gets 170 years for Prada purse-linked murders

Michael Johnson, 36, of Fort Wayne learned his punishment Friday after a Noble County jury last month convicted him of charges including two counts of murder.

Posted: Jan. 11, 2019 10:53 PM
Updated: Jan. 13, 2019 8:16 AM

ALBION, Ind. (AP) - A northeastern Indiana man who fatally shot two people while trying to retrieve a Prada purse worth nearly $10,000 has been sentenced to 170 years in prison.

Michael Johnson, 36, of Fort Wayne learned his punishment Friday after a Noble County jury last month convicted him of charges including two counts of murder.

Court records said Johnson told investigators he shot 30-year-old Justin Adams and 39-year-old Amanda Feldstein in March at an apartment complex in Ligonier. Johnson said two women accompanied him to get the purse under the guise of conducting a methamphetamine deal.

One of the women pleaded guilty in September to aiding attempted robbery and was sentenced to prison. The other is awaiting trial.

Johnson gave a statement in which he apologized to relatives of the victims.

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