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Man sentenced in shooting death of man in July 2016

Davon M. Burden
Davon M. Burden
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Wednesday, August 02, 2017 04:12 pm

A man received a 20-year sentence for the shooting death of Dominic Norton July 5, 2016.

Davon M. Burden was sentenced Wednesday morning by Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck. 

Burden, who had faced murder, criminal recklessness and firearm charges, pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter, a Level 2 felony, on June 20. Burden faced anywhere from 10 to 30 years behind bars for the single count. Surbeck dismissed the other charges. 

According to investigators, Burden confronted his former girlfriend and the mother of five children that they had together at her home July 5 in the 4100 block of Euclid Avenue. She tried to close the door on Burden, but he fired three .22-caliber rounds through that door; one struck Dominic Norton, 28, in the abdomen, according to court documents.

Police were dispatched to the home at a minute past midnight on the morning of July 5. When they arrived, Norton was still able to communicate. Through his words and the accounts of others, police identified Burden as a suspect in the shooting.

Norton was taken to Lutheran Hospital in critical condition. He died there later the morning of July 5.

Fort Wayne Police publicly identified Burden as a "person of interest" in the killing of Norton a day after the killing.

Burden will serve the term consecutively, or at the same time, with the remainder of a two-year drug conviction.

He has 168 days' jail credit.

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