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MCPO announces convictions in murders of Tony Reed and Eric Bonds

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Aug 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-04 17:17:38-04

INDIANAPOLIS -- An Indianapolis man pleaded guilty Friday to fatally shooting Tony Lamont Reed in November 2015.

Santos Pruett, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of voluntary manslaughter before Judge Grant Hawkins on Friday.

Pruett was arrested in 2016 for the fatal shooting of Reed, 43, in the 3100 block of East Washington Street.

Police said the shooting stemmed from a dispute inside Reed’s home. Pruett and his girlfriend were reportedly visiting Reed when the woman became loud and unruly.

When Reed tried to make her leave, she exhorted Pruett to shoot Reed, which he did, according to police – twice in the front and once in the back.

Reed was transported to Eskenazi Hospital in critical condition, and was pronounced dead a short time later.

The murder received little media attention because it happened on the same day that young mother Amanda Blackburn was killed in her northwest side home  

FULL STORY | Amanda Blackburn and Lamont Reed’s murders share an anniversary, but not the spotlight

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office said Pruett is expected to receive 30 years in prison in the case. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for August 11.

The MCPO also announced this week the conviction of Gregory Dwayne Smith for the June 2016 murder of 30-year-old Eric Bonds.

Smith, 45, was Bonds’ roommate and was arrested at the scene for allegedly stabbing Bonds to death during an argument.

He was found guilty of murder last Friday in a bench trial and will be sentenced on Tuesday.

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