FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) — A man who pleaded guilty to shooting two men outside Link’s Wonderland learned his sentence Thursday morning.
Gabriel Hicks was in the Allen County Court for his sentencing hearing. He previously entered a guilty plea for two counts of attempted murder in the case. However, he filed a motion to change his plea, claiming his mental health had not been evaluated enough. The request was denied and the judge handed down his sentence.
Hicks was sentenced two 30 years on each count, with 28 years to be served for each. This brings Hicks’ sentence to 56 years consecutively. He was also issued a no-contact order.
ABC21 previously reported the case stems from a shooting in September 2018. Investigators believed the shooting began inside the restaurant area of the club where the first victim was found and then continued outside onto the parking lot where the second victim was observed. Both victims were taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Hicks has already been for domestic battery and strangulation of his wife. ABC21 previously reported she told officers that she and Hicks were on their way home from the bar when they got into an argument over a past relationship.
Hicks told her he couldn’t trust her, accused her of cheating, and then grabbed her by the throat and started choking her with two hands, court documents say. Officers found her with a black eye, a fat cut lip, strangulation marks, a bloody ear, and her face was swollen all over.
Hicks was sentenced to one year for that case.