Fort Wayne man gets 170 years for Prada purse-linked murders

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ALBION, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana man who fatally shot two people while trying to retrieve a Prada purse worth nearly $10,000 has been sentenced to 170 years in prison.

Thirty-six-year-old Michael Johnson of Fort Wayne learned his punishment Friday after a Noble County jury last month convicted him of charges including two counts of murder.

Court records said Johnson told investigators he shot 30-year-old Justin Adams and 39-year-old Amanda Feldstein in March at an apartment complex in Ligonier (lihg-uh-NEER’). Johnson said two women accompanied him to get the purse under the guise of conducting a methamphetamine deal.

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One of the women pleaded guilty in September to aiding attempted robbery and was sentenced to prison. The other is awaiting trial.

Johnson gave a statement in which he apologized to relatives of the victims.


  1. Now this is what you get (170 years) when you don’t resort to “plea agreements”. Great job Noble County Prosecutors! Take note Allen County. Observe and learn!


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