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Man faces 16 years in prison after attempted murder at hotel

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - A man who shot the woman he was breaking up with in 2016 at a south side hotel will spend the next 16 years in prison as part of plea agreement, online court records show.

Paul Thompson, 40, had pleaded guilty in February to two counts of attempted murder. Another charge unlawful possession of a firearm was dismissed as part of the plea deal.

On April 16, 2016, Sarah McKinney was shot while she was working at the Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis South, on Southport Crossings Drive just off I-65 and Southport Road. The mother of three was 24 when she was shot in her hips and her spine. Days after the shooting, she had no feeling in her legs and had to use a walker.

Thompson and McKinney were employees at the hotel, but worked different shifts. Police in 2016 said the two were in the process of breaking up at the time of the shooting, and McKinney had recently filed a restraining order.

After Thompson left the hotel, police said, he went to the home of a man named Darryl Nichols and shot him multiple times.

After the shooting, Thompson was caught in Illinois.

Online court records said Thompson will serve 16 years in an Indiana Department of Correction prison followed by six years in Marion County Community Corrections.


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