Step-brother gets 117 years for hotel slaying

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – An Allen County judge handed a max sentence to a Fort Wayne man found guilty of killing his step-brother back in 2018.

In court on Monday, Josh Mackin learned he will spend 117 years behind bars for the murder of 37-year-old Samuel Douglas Westlake, his step-brother.

In April, an Allen County jury found him guilty of murder, being a felon in possession of a firearm, using a firearm in the commission of an offense causing death and being a habitual offender.

Westlake was found shot multiple times in the driver’s seat of a gray SUV at the Suburban Extended Stay on Coliseum Boulevard back in 2018.

During the investigation, a detective met with five witnesses. They told police Westlake and Mackin had been arguing for a while about Westlake having a sexual relationship with Mackin’s girlfriend.

Court documents state both men were at the hotel where the girlfriend was staying. At the hotel, Mackin began arguing with Westlake, saying he was going to kill him.

The documents state when Westlake walked to his Jeep, Mackin pulled out a gun. A witness told police he was able to get Mackin to put away the gun. However, after getting inside his own vehicle, the witness said Mackin fired through the window into the truck, fatally striking Westlake.

Mackin indicated that he would appeal the sentence.

Corinne Rose reported this story.

Kayla Crandall

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