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LIMA — The reason behind the shooting of a 53-year-old man last month had an all-too familiar ring to it.


Antwan Secession took ownership of his actions Wednesday when he pleaded guilty to murder with a gun. Judge Richard Warren of Allen County Common Pleas Court sentenced him to 18 years to life in prison.

The 28-year-old Secession was upset with Gregory Stewart over a drug deal. He decided to settle the score and shot Stewart once in the head on Oct. 5. Stewart died four days later.

Secession apologized to Stewart’s family who was in court but declined to speak.

“I have taken a life from a family that can never be replaced,” Secession said.

He asked the Stewart family to forgive him.

“If you are unable to forgive me will you please accept my apologies?” he said.

Secession said he made a bad choice and now has to face the consequences.

The shooting happened at Stewart’s home at 653 Harrison Ave.

Secession was at a local bar earlier in the night with a couple of people but left when the bar closed. They were not ready to call it a night so they went to a party on Pine Street, Assistant Allen County Prosecutor Dan Berry said.

At the party Secession met two people who he served as their drug dealer. The two asked him for drugs. He didn’t have any but a friend with him knew someone who did, Berry said.

Secession and the other man paid a visit to Stewart, who sold drugs on the side. They bought what they thought was cocaine off Stewart and took it back to the Pine Street home, Berry said.

“They got back there with the dope and it wasn’t doing anything for them. They were upset they got bad stuff,” Berry said.

Secession and the other man went back to Stewart to complain about the drugs he sold them.

“He’s mad because he thinks he’s being disrespected. ‘These are my customers I have to take care of them,’” Berry said.

Secession demanded his money back and argued with Stewart.

“He pulled out a gun a shoots him right in the middle of the forehead,” Berry said.

Police never were able to recover the .38-caliber revolver Secession used in the shooting. Secession told police he disassembled it and threw away pieces at different locations, Berry said.

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