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Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:00 am

Woman pleads guilty in shooting

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne woman who shot a man in February likely will be ordered to spend eight years in prison when she's sentenced next month.

Glenda F. Watkins, 54, pleaded guilty Tuesday to battery and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon in the Feb. 3 attack that left the man injured. A plea agreement calls for a 10-year prison sentence with two years suspended, for a total of eight years behind bars.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled July 12.

Watkins was at a “party house” in the 2600 block of Lillie Street when witnesses said she pulled out a small handgun and fired two shots, according to a probable cause affidavit. The first shot missed the man identified in court documents as “Al” or “Pops,” but a second hit him in “the left flank” and lodged “in the victim's pelvis resting on or near the spinal cord,” investigators said. He told police Watkins also threatened to kill him.

“(He) advised that Glenda came over to him and pointed the gun at his head touching his forehead with the gun,” Fort Wayne police Detective Elizabeth Beasley wrote in the affidavit. “He advised that Glenda stated 'tell me you are sorry or I'll shoot you in the head.' ”

He apologized but said he didn't know what he had done to upset her.

Watkins told detectives she was in the kitchen when she heard shots fired but admitted that wasn't true and said she accidentally shot the man, the affidavit said. She was arrested Feb. 14. Prosecutors have agreed to dismiss charges of carrying a handgun without a license and criminal recklessness as part of the plea.

mleblanc@jg.net