Admitted killer gets 60 years in prison

Booking photo of Jamel Coleman (Photo Courtesy: WANE News)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A man who admitted to shooting and killing a tobacco store owner in April 2014 was sentenced to 60 years in prison on Friday.

Jamel Coleman, from Gary, Indiana, pleaded guilty to murder in January for the death of Antonio Lopez Nino, according to WISH-TV sister station WANE News.

Nino, 44, was the owner of the Smoke House Tobacco Outlet on Lafayette Street. He was found shot and killed on April 7, 2014 inside his store. He was bound with duct tape. A customer saw Nino’s body on the floor of the business through a window that morning and called police.

Jamel Coleman was arrested getting off a Greyhound bus in Indianapolis about a week after the murder. Police credit their ability to track Coleman down to tips they received from the public. Police say Coleman admitted to taking Nino’s wallet after the shooting.

When Coleman pleaded guilty to murder and robbery charges in January, prosecutors agreed to drop two other charges as part of the plea deal. Coleman got the maximum sentence for the crime on Friday, 60 years. He was also sentenced to 10 years for robbery, but he will serve those years concurrently.

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