Man sentenced in slaying of young mother during 2019 armed robbery

Crime

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — The man who fatally shot a young mother during an armed robbery in May 2019 has been sentenced.

An Allen Superior Court judge on Friday handed Leon Lumpkin 65 years for fatally shooting 20-year-old Arrianna Henderson at Chapel Oaks apartment complex, located at 859 Buchanan St.

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Leon Lumpkin

Lumpkin pleaded guilty to murder, robbery and battery through a plea agreement with Allen County prosecutors in October.

Around 1:15 a.m. on May 30, 2019, police responded to the apartment complex after receiving a 911 call that someone had robbed them at gunpoint.

Young mother shot dead during armed robbery 

While officers were searching the area, they found a woman, later identified as Henderson, who had been shot under a pavilion behind the leasing office. Medics responded to assist but Henderson died at the scene.

The Allen County Coroner’s Office says she died of a gunshot wound and her death was ruled a homicide.

Police later identified Lumpkin as a person-of-interest. Officers surrounded an apartment at the Villages of Hanna where they believed Lumpkin was, but he was not found there.Girlfriend pleads guilty to hiding May shooting suspect from police 

The next day, Lumpkin was arrested around 10:30 a.m. along Greene and Smith Streets in the Villages of Hanna apartment complex. He’d broken into an apartment and a resident called to report the break-in, Fort Wayne Police said.

On the scene, police said they made contact with Lumpkin in the apartment and after about 45 minutes, he came out and surrendered.

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