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Police and court briefs

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 7:14 am

Drowning victim identified

The Allen County Coroner’s Office on Friday identified the man whose body was recovered from the St. Marys River on Thursday as Robert James Webb, 37, of Fort Wayne.

An autopsy found that he died from asphyxia due to drowning, and his death was ruled accidental.

Investigators believe that he entered the river Tuesday evening. He was found about 10:30 a.m. Thursday in the stretch of the river between the Van Buren Street bridge and Headwaters Park.

Beating shooting victim after he’s down brings 3-year prison term

A Fort Wayne man must serve 3 years in prison for his role in an attack on a man at a bar in March.

Christopher Javon Sewell, 26, of the 5100 block of Lillie Street, pleaded guilty to battery, a Class C felony, and criminal gang activity, a Class D felony.

According to Allen Superior Court documents, Sewell was part of a group of men who confronted Marvin Davis Jr. on March 30 at Peanuts, 5731 St. Joe Road. One man allegedly shot Davis, then Sewell and another man beat and kicked the victim after he had been shot.

Woman stabs boyfriend, gets 2 years in prison

A woman who pled guilty to stabbing her longtime boyfriend in the back with a butcher knife was ordered to serve two years of an eight-year prison term.

After her arrest following the June attack on Melvin Collins, Regina R. Clancy-Coleman, 49, of the 3400 block of Harvester Avenue, explained to investigators that she was upset because Collins, who has been her boyfriend for 12 years, urged her to blow through her small supply of crack cocaine faster than she wanted to. Investigators said she reported that she had paid $20 for some of that crack and had sex with another man in exchange for the rest.

She remained angry about Collins’ pressing her to smoke the crack faster than she wanted to, she told police, and she slipped into a shower with him and stabbed him, according to court documents.

She was charged with battery, a Class C felony, and criminal recklessness, a Class D felony, but the criminal recklessness charge was dropped as part of her plea agreement. She was sentenced in Allen Superior Court to eight years in prison. Six years of that term were suspended, leaving two years for her to serve.