Crime Watch 8

19-year-old to spend 52 years in prison for murder of 18-year-old

Anthony Steele (Photo Provided/Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A 19-year-old Indianapolis man was sentenced to 52 years in prison for shooting an 18-year-old man in the parking lot of a liquor store a year ago.

A jury in June found Anthony Steele guilty in the fatal shooting of Elijah Lacey about 4:30 p.m. May 28, 2018. The shooting was in the area of East 21st Street and North Post Road, outside of a Crown Liquor store and Waffle House.

Steele and Lacey had arranged to meet in the parking lot of the liquor store, the prosecutor’s office said in a news release. Lacey was sitting in his vehicle when Steele and an unknown person approached the vehicle. The unknown person entered the passenger door and began to struggle with Lacey. Steele then fired multiple shots into Lacey’s car before fleeing the scene.

A person who witnessed the crime remained on scene and reported what she saw to investigators.

Additionally, security video obtained from nearby businesses captured the incident on camera, the prosecutor’s office said.

A review of Lacey’s Instagram messages led to the identification of Steele as a suspect.

The eyewitness later identified Steele as the person she saw shoot Lacey.