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Three Sentenced in November Beating

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): Three young men have been sentenced for their involvement in the November beating of James Oldham Jr..

Friday morning, in Allen Superior Court, 20-year-old Curtis Williams, 19-year-old Andrew Gibson and 19-year-old Justin Dawson entered guilty pleas. Originally, six men were charged in connection with the case, but in August the charges were dropped against 20-year-old Kulon Lewis Jr., 19-year-old Charles Phillips will be sentenced next month and only the case against then, 19-year-old Ervin Herman remains.

According to the Journal Gazette, the majority of the crime was captured on surveillance at a south-side apartment complex. The group threw their victim in one of their vehicles after running him down on foot. They held Oldham for three hours before dropping him off at Kettler Park with a broken nose, fractured sternum, a brain bleed and bruises all over his body.

During Friday’s sentencing hearing, the three men pleaded guilty to the charge of criminal confinement and causing serious bodily injury.

Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull sentenced Williams to a total of 10 years in prison, with two years suspended.

Dawson received a sentence of 15 years in prison, with three years suspended and two years on probation.

Gibson also received 15 years with three suspended and two years on probation.

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