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‘It was very devastating’: pastor remembers Chapman’s death after killer back behind bars

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - A Fort Wayne pastor remembered his friend's death after the killer is now back behind bars.

In 1998, 12-year-old Jamone Williams shot and killed 64-year-old Prince Chapman in the 1200 block of Chute Street in Fort Wayne.

"It was a time of great congressional and community sadness," said Reverend Bill McGill, senior pastor at Imani Baptist Temple.

McGill said Chapman was a deacon for a previous church where they both served together. McGill said Chapman was committed to helping the youth in the area.

"Sterling character and commitment to young people," McGill said. "He spent his entire life whether it was coaching or metro or other entities in our community, interacting with young people, giving them opportunities to see the best in themselves."

Williams pleaded guilty to shooting and killing Chapman.

As part of a plea deal, murder charges were dropped and Williams was sentenced to 25 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter.

According to the Journal Gazette, Williams was released early due to good behavior and education in 2012.

According to an affidavit, Williams is accused of raping a 9-year-old boy several times.

"If the allegations are true, it's clear that the young man did not work on the inside," McGill said. "Though he had worked on some intellectual development, some academic development, the change is an inside job. It has to happen from the inside out."

Stay with Fort Wayne's NBC News as we continue to follow this developing story.

Louie Tran

Louie Tran is the weekend anchor for Fort Wayne’s NBC at 6 and 11pm and a weekday general assignment reporter. To share story ideas, please email him at

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