Michael Love put on a dress and a wig before ambushing his former girlfriend and her brother, a crime for which he was sentenced to 80 years in an Indianapolis court on Friday, Dec. 1.
According to a press release from the office of Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry, Love shot the two outside a home in the 300 block of North Eastern Avenue in Indianapolis in July 2015.
SENTENCING: Michael Love has been sentenced to 80 years in the IDOC for a July 2015 shooting of two people outside of a home in the 300 block of North Eastern Avenue. Love was convicted by a jury of two counts of Attempt Murder on November 1. Read more: https://t.co/QAN8IMEOvx
— Marion County Prosecutor’s Office (@MCProsecutors) December 1, 2017
Multiple witnesses reported seeing Love dressed in a brown dress and stockings knotted at the knee, wearing a wig and mask as he ran towards the vehicle.
Disguised as an elderly woman, he approached Sultana Reed, with whom he had a child, and her brother, Zach Guyton, as the two were loading five children into a car to take them to daycare.
As Love approached the vehicle, he pulled a handgun out of a plastic grocery bag and shot Reed. As Guyton tried to help his sister, Love shot him in the face.
The mother-of-five sustained three gunshot wounds to the stomach, reports RTV6, and Guyton’s eye was damaged and nasal cavity shattered. Both were taken to the hospital in critical condition but survived.
“I remember the gun going off, and all I could think about was my kids,” Guyton told RTV6. “It’s traumatizing, is what it is. There [is no] telling what this did to the kids.”
None of the children were injured in the incident. According to RTV6, family said Love was the father of one of the children present, and was bitter over a recent breakup with Reed.
Love was convicted by a jury on Nov. 1 of two counts of attempted murder, a level 1 felony.
“We are grateful that the two victims survived this dangerous attack and that the children who were present were not injured,” said prosecutor Curry in a statement.
“The courage of the victims … were essential in securing a significant sentence for this violent offender.”
Prior to the shooting, Reed had obtained a protective order against Love, which was in force at the time of the crime, Curry’s office said.
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