Woman gets 23 years for fatal shooting in Gary
By Ruth Ann Krause Post-Tribune correspondent October 30, 2012 3:46PM
Updated: December 1, 2012 4:44PM
Lake Superior Court Judge Salvador Vasquez sentenced a Gary woman to 23 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter in a 2010 shooting.
Alisha Lianna Magee, 29, apologized to the family of Fredrick Clark and said she “never intended for this to happen.”
Clark’s sister, Patricia Clark, said her brother had a good heart. “We still don’t understand why this happened,” said Clark, noting their mother was murdered and that her brother’s death has stirred those memories. “We are reliving the entire situation,” she said.
Magee admitted on June 4, 2010, she was at Clark’s home on West 25th Avenue in Gary. A fight ensued and Magee pulled out a handgun and shot Clark. The second gunshot was at the victim’s head because Magee was angry with him.
Magee’s mother, Sandra Magee, described her daughter, the oldest of five children, as nice, quiet, peaceful and easy to get along with. She said her daughter had cared for Clark and several other individuals who needed help with household chores. Alisha Magee carried a gun for protection because she didn’t drive and would walk home late at night.
Defense attorney Sonya Scott-Dix argued for leniency in light of her client’s lack of violent criminal history and remorse for her actions.
Deputy prosecutor Christine Parry argued for the maximum 26-year sentence outlined in the plea agreement. She noted that Magee received a huge benefit with the plea agreement. In addition, Clark’s death will have a lasting effect on his family.
Magee had faced 45 to 65 years in prison on the murder charge, which was dismissed.