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SENTENCED: Joyner gets 200 years in Thanksgiving triple homicide

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) —Family members of three murder victims left a courtroom Tuesday, still dealing with feelings of anger and bewilderment.

It is hard to make sense of what happened on Thanksgiving night 2018.

“She was a beautiful girl and she was taken way too soon,” said Nicole Andrews.

Her daughter, 21-year old Tracey Andrews, was shot to death on Downingtown Drive.

So, too, were 20-year old Colton Messmer and 23-year old Joevonn Johnson.

23-year old Kameron Joyner now is ordered to serve a 200-year sentence for the crime.

“Even though he’ll rot in jail, it’s not going to bring any of our kids back,” Nicole Andrews said.

Police say Joyner and co-defendant Gerald Pinkston came that night to settle a drug debt.

READ MORE: Probable Cause documents released in fatal Thanksgiving shooting

Joyner was arrested days after the shooting, on Nov. 27, during a traffic stop for his role in the incident. He plead guilty to three counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder on Aug. 8.

Teryle King and Kyle Wagner were shot, but survived.

Wagner, who was shot in the face, is alive, but says he’s not himself.

“Life isn’t the same, I have PTSD, I don’t trust people in cars, I don’t trust people in general. Like I would say my friends, family, that’s about it. Anybody I don’t know, you won’t catch me in a room with them for more than two minutes,” Wagner said.

Joyner used time given to him to address the court to complain to Judge Fran Gull about being limited in jail to three showers a week, and being denied access to medical care and a Bible.

He expressed no words of remorse whatsoever.

“We all wish this stuff would quit happening. Some of this is driven by drugs, some of it is driven by a complete disrespect for human life,” said Allen County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Mike McAlexander.

The case is not completely closed.

The co-defendant, Gerald Pinkston, was arrested in January and charged with three counts of murder and criminal recklessness in connection to the shootings. His jury trial is set to start December 3.


Jazlynn Bebout

Jazlynn Bebout is the Assignment Desk Editor and Digital Editor at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @jazlynnsb

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