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Man gets 17-years in death of Indianapolis woman shot while riding in car

Incident happened last year on city's west side
Posted at 6:42 PM, Feb 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-21 18:45:19-05

INDIANAPOLIS — An Indianapolis man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to the shooting death of a woman on the city's west side last year.

38-year-old Andrew Powell was handed a 17 year prison term for voluntary manslaughter in the death of 30-year-old Andre Bledsoe.

As part of a plea deal, the murder charge Powell faced was dismissed.

Bledsoe was shot while riding in a car near West 10th Street and North Tibbs Avenue. A probable cause affidavit from the Marion County Prosecutor indicated there were problems between Powell and others who were in the car with Bledsoe.

Powell admitted to shooting at the car with a shotgun, but said it was in self-defense. He told police he thought Bledsoe had shot at him.

After the shooting, friends rushed Bledsoe to nearby Eskenazi Hospital, where she died.