South Bend man sentenced in drug deal turned double homicide case

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A South Bend man that’s one of six charged in a drug deal-turned-homicide has been sentenced to prison.

35-year-old Joshua Sage was found guilty in May on two counts of murder.

Wednesday, Sage was sentenced to 55 years in prison for the two murders. Once time served is factored in, Sage will spend 41 years in prison.

The South Bend Tribune says his mother broke down in court, saying he wasn’t a bad person and wouldn’t have done what he did if he didn’t feel he was in danger.

Sage and others exchanged gunfire in August 2017 over a methamphetamine deal on Frederickson Street in South Bend. Anton James and Damon Bethel were killed and a woman was shot in the head, but survived.

Sage was treated at a local hospital before was charged.

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