A woman was sentenced to prison for shooting a man in April 2016 after a judge told her, "You can't shoot someone because he hurt you."
Candace S. McGee, 30, of the 5200 block of Buell Drive, was sentenced to serve three years of a four-year sentence for battery by means of a deadly weapon, a Level 5 felony, Tuesday in Allen Superior Court. McGee also was ordered to serve one year on probation and attend nonviolence counseling.
McGee pleaded guilty April 5 and admitted she shot a man in the arm April 16, 2016 in the 2300 block of Hoagland Avenue.
The man told Fort Wayne Police at the time he was asleep when he heard a knock on the door. When he got to the door and out on the front porch, he saw McGee pull away in a vehicle. He said he heard a shot and tried to run back inside when he realized he was bleeding from his arm. Police found blood all over the front porch and a hole in the screen door. Neighbors described McGee as the woman who walked off his porch and got into her vehicle.
McGee's defense attorney, Randy Fisher, said McGee suffered from sexual, mental and physical abuse and was in a "very volatile relationship" with the victim in the case. Because of her use of a gun in the commission of the crime, she was not eligible for home detention.
Allen County Deputy Prosecutor Tasha Lee said, "She came to his home and shot him." Lee also said not giving McGee prison time would diminish the seriousness of the crime.
Allen County Superior Court Judge John Surbeck agreed. "The use of a weapon changes everything," he said. "You can't shoot someone because he hurt you."
When McGee tried to speak after receiving her sentence, Surbeck said, "You need to pay the price."
McGee has five days' jail credit.