Champan KIller To Be Released

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – It is often hard to believe how fast time passes. The same could be said for one of Fort Wayne’s most notorious murder cases comes to an end Monday.

Jamone Williams, 26, of Fort Wayne will be released Monday, nearly 14 years after shooting community activist and businessman Prince Chapman to death.

Neighbors called police on the night of Nov. 30, 1998, after finding Chapman, 64, lying dead in 1200 block of Chute Street.

The investigation led to Williams, then 12 years old, who was charged with murder.

In September of 1999, Williams pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for dropped murder charges. Williams admitting to shooting Chapman, who owned his own car repair shop, multiple times.

As part of the plea agreement Williams was sentenced to 25 years in prison and an additional 5 years of house arrest.

Williams has had his sentence nearly cut in half through good behavior and education, according to the Gazette.  Indiana law allows a 2-for-1 day credit for good behavior.

“The change has to come within Jamone,” Annette Williams, Jamone’s mother, told 21Alive moments after Jamone’s sentencing in December 2000. “If the Lord bless me, I’ll be there to see him when he comes out a free man.”

East Allen County Schools opened Prince Chapman Academy on Aug. 25, 2002, to honor Chapman.

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