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Convicted killer found guilty in beating of jail officer

Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 5:56 am

A convicted killer added another conviction to his record this week.

Deadrian C. Boykins, 20, of Fort Wayne, was convicted in Allen Superior Court on Tuesday on a charge of aggravated battery, a Class B felony.

Judge Fran Gull convicted Boykins of beating Allen County Jail confinement officer Quinton Greer on Christmas Day so severely that he broke the victim's nose, cheekbone and a tooth. The officer also had two cuts on his face after the beating.

When he was questioned after the beating, Boykins claimed he was provoked, according to court records.

He said he had asked Greer to leave the television on for a few minutes, adding, “Show some holiday spirit.” Boykins said the confinement officer responded, “A man is dead because of you. Where's your holiday cheer?”

“I warned Greer about disrespecting me,” Boykins told the investigator.

Boykins waived his right to a jury trial and made his case to the judge instead. He is scheduled for sentencing April 15.

That sentence will have to wait its turn.

Boykins must first finish a 12-year sentence for robbery, then he faces a 65-year sentence handed to him Dec. 20 after he was convicted in the April murder of a 17-year-old.