Man handed 50 years for killing wife

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A Fort Wayne man arrested for killing his wife as his children slept in their home has been sentenced.

Wiley Brown III was sentenced Wednesday in Allen Superior Court to 50 years in prison followed by 5 years of probation for the Sept. 20 shooting death of his wife, 24-year-old Courtney Marie Brown, at the couple’s Medford Drive home.

New Haven Police said Brown went into the New Haven Police Department’s lobby and declared that he had killed his wife. Police gathered his address and went to the home to investigate a possible homicide.

Around 2:30 a.m., police arrived at the home at 1924 Medford Drive and found Courtney Brown dead. An autopsy found she died of a gunshot wound to the head and her death was ruled a homicide.

In court Wednesday, six people spoke on behalf of Courtney Brown, including her mother, father and grandmother.

“You made your issues someone else’s problem,” the mother said. “You are responsible for the death of an amazing young woman. You shot and killed my daughter while two precious children were sleeping on the other side of the wall.”

  Courtney Brown’s stepmother said the children ask questions like, “Why did my daddy shoot my mommy?”

 Brown gave a short statement to the court: “I love my kids. That’s all.” He appeared emotionless throughout the hearing, and could be seen staring at the ceiling or the floor or resting his head on the table in front of him.  

Friends and family in the gallery wore bright pink shirts that read, “Love you Bye!” on the front with a message, “In Loving Memory Courtney Marie 10/13/93-9/20/18” on the right sleeve.   

In addition to his sentence, Brown was ordered to pay $16,602.17 in restitution for Courtney Brown’s funeral expenses.

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