Fort Wayne man sentenced to 46 years on attempted murder, other charges

Willie L. Amos, 40, of the 3100 block of McDonald Street, was sentenced to a total of 46 years in prison on attempted murder and other charges Tuesday for allegedly using his SUV to chase down a woman trying to flee him in her car and shooting her after both vehicles crashed.

An Allen Superior Court jury found Amos guilty Aug. 9 of attempted murder and dealing in a controlled substance. Allen Superior Judge John Surbeck also found Amos guilty of a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

On Tuesday, Surbeck sentenced Amos to 40 years for attempted murder and six years for unlawful possession of a firearm, with the two sentences to run consecutively for a total of 46 years. Surbeck also sentenced Amos to 17 years and 183 days in jail on the drug dealing charge, but ordered it served simultaneously with the other prison time.

The charges result an incident reported about 8:50 p.m. Aug. 24, 2016, to the Fort Wayne Police Department, a probable cause affidavit filed in the case said.

Amos reportedly began chasing the woman’s car in the 400 block of Lenox Avenue, the affidavit said. He allegedly rammed his SUV into the back of her car at Harrison Street and Lexington Avenue, knocking it over the curb, and then began shooting at her.

She sped off at high speed going west on Lexington and then south on Fairfield Avenue, the affidavit said. Amos reportedly pursued her, continuing to ram the car from behind and to pull along side it in the left lane. The car then crashed into a tree and rolled through three residential yards before stopping at another tree, the affidavit said.

Amos reportedly crashed his vehicle into a fence, crawled out of a window and came toward the victim while carrying a silver handgun. Despite a resident who came outside and yelled at him to stop, Amos allegedly fired several shots at the woman, hitting her twice.