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Fort Wayne man receives maximum sentence for murder

Joshua Mackin was sentenced Monday morning for shooting and killing his step brother, Samuel Westlake, back in February 2018

Posted: May 20, 2019 11:35 AM
Updated: May 21, 2019 8:39 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - People from both sides of the family were in an Allen County courtroom Monday morning for the sentencing of 35 year-old Joshua Mackin.

Mackin was found guilty of murdering his step brother, 37 year-old Samuel Westlake, at the Suburban Extended Stay in February 2018.

The incident occurred when Mackin accused Westlake of having sex with Mackin's girlfriend. That's when Mackin took matters into his own hands and shot and killed him. Westlake was found dead inside his gray SUV in the parking lot.

During his sentencing Monday, Mackin said that he was innocent and "his true killer has never been charged...or even interviewed"

Mackin's girlfriend, Amanda Green, testified on his behalf Monday, saying "he is a great father" and "has a good heart." She went on to explain the instances in which Green's children and Mackin's children would play together and how well Mackin interacted with the children.

The Westlake side of the family described Mackin in a different way.

Douglas Westlake, Samuel's father, testified against Mackin's character. He described Mackin as "too damn dangerous for public." He called him a monster and said he had no forgiveness or mercy for Mackin.

Samuel's friend, Desiree Heath, described Mackin as a "Monster...manipulative...and dangerous."

After all witnesses and statements had been heard, Judge David Zent handed Mackin the maximum sentence of 117 years. 65 years for the charge of murder, 12 years for unlawful possession of a firearm by serious violent felon, 20 years for using a firearm in the commission of the offense, and 20 years for being a habitiual offender.

Judge Zent explained that aggrivating factors such as past criminal offenses, the seriousness of past criminal offenses, and the numerous failed attempts at rehabilitation all lead to him giving the maximum sentence.

All of these sentences will run consecutively. Mackin plans to appeal the verdict and the sentence.

*It was revealed Monday morning that Mackin and Westlake were step brothers. Other stories surrounding this case stated that they were half-brothers.*

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